Monday Feb 12, 2018. 09:00
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigerian Breweries Plc exchanged an agreement that both parties happily called ‘a minimum five –year contract’ on Friday.
At an impressive ceremony in the expansive grounds of the brewing giant in Lagos, laced with applaudable innovation and flowing remarks, and compered by Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st, NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NB Plc’s Managing Director/CEO Jordi Borrut Bel pledged the total commitment of their establishments to every letter of the contract.
A buoyant Pinnick restated his position that NB Plc is “an organization that has been a torch –bearer of excellence and corporate social responsibility for the several decades it has operated in Nigeria."
While Bel reiterated: “We are indeed delighted about this partnership between Nigerian Breweries plc and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This relationship provides us an opportunity to celebrate the true Nigerian spirit that is fuelled by patriotism, passion and desire for victory, through the platform of Football.”
The agreement makes Star Lager the ‘Official Alcoholic Drink of the Super Eagles’ while Amstel Malta is now the ‘Official Malt Drink of the NFF and the National Teams,’ including Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup –bound Super Eagles.
Pinnick said: “There were other companies that were interested in these categories but once Nigerian Breweries landed, they landed with conviction, with panache and with finality. We are happy to be involved with them, and I must praise Pamodzi Sports Marketing chairman Mike Itemuagbor, as well as Mitchell Obi and Ejiro Omonode for the roles they played in actualizing this wonderful relationship.
“The NFF is delighted to be in this relationship, and we want to assure you that Nigerian Football will meet your expectations all round.”