Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr
*Promises car, accommodation for Keshi
Chairman of Globacom and Africa's businessman extraordinaire, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr, has promised to sponsor Africa champions, the Super Eagles’ trip to the Confederation Cup in Brazil in June where they will play top football nations like current World Cup champions, Spain and Uruguay.
Speaking at a breakfast session with the Super Eagles team of Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, his assistant, Daniel Amokachi, team captain, Joseph Yobo and Nigeria Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari in Johannesburg Monday, Dr Adenuga commended the team for doing Nigeria proud at the tournament. He described the victory as “well deserved”.
“Your resilient spirit was evident in all the matches you played, coupled with the team work. The highly entertaining football the boys played is a welcome breath of fresh air. You have brought joy to Nigerians,” observed Dr. Adenuga.
He also commended Keshi for equalling Egypt’s Mahmoud El- Gohari’s record by emerging as the second African to win the African Cup of Nations as a player and coach.
The Globacom chairman had earlier on Sunday evening splashed $1million (about N160 million) on the victorious Super Eagles for winning the 29th African Cup of Nations tournament.
Keshi has also been promised a befitting official car and accommodation from the billionaire industrialist.
Dr. Adenuga was constantly flying in and out of South Africa during the 2013 AFCON with senior members of Globacom to give the Super Eagles moral support in their quest to conquer Africa.
As the major sponsor of the Super Eagles and official telecoms partner of the Nigerian Football Federation for the past 10 years, Globacom has stood solidly behind the Super Eagles. In the last three years, Globacom has also increased its support for the national teams, raising its sponsorship fee to N350m per annum.
Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 1980 when it hosted the competition in Lagos. This feat was repeated in 1994 in Tunisia when the team defeated Zambia in the finals preparatory to Nigeria’s first appearance at the World Cup in USA.
Globacom is the major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation and official sponsor of Nigerian national teams.