Digital solutions company Globacom on Thursday congratulated the Nigerian national football team, Super Eagles, on their qualification for the final of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
After 120 minutes of pulsating football which ended in 1-1, the Super Eagles emerged victorious, sending Banana Banana of South Africa packing by 4 goals to 2, after penalty shoot out.
The final of the competition comes up in Abidjan on Sunday and Super Eagles will lock horns with the host, Elephant of Cote d’ Ivoire which defeated Leopards of Congo DR by 1-0 in the other semi final match.
Nigeria had earlier defeated the host Cote D’ Ivoire at the group stage by a lone goal.
Said Globacom, in a statement in Lagos on Thursday: “We congratulate the players and officials for qualifying for the final. They have made the country proud, and inspired hope in every young Nigerian. They have once again demonstrated the resilience and can-do-spirit that Nigerians are known for”.
The company is optimistic that the Super Eagles will win the final match. It urged them to remain focused and give their best when they face the Elephants, adding that through determination and hard work they will bring the trophy home.
Dr. Mike Adenuga jr, Chairman of Globacom, has been supporting Nigerian football over the years, either through personal donations or sponsorship by his companies. Over N20 billion has been spent in support of Nigeria’s professional football league, the national teams and other sports initiatives though donations and official sponsorships.
For winning the 29th edition of African Cup of Nation’s held in South Africa in 2013, Dr. Adenuga rewarded the Nigerian national football team, Super Eagles, with $1 million.
His companies also supported the development of the game in the country. N2 billion national football team sponsorship agreement was signed with NFF in 2011 by his company, while in 2013 the Nigerian Premier League received N1.9 billion sponsorship fee for three years.