Air Peace airline has signed a partnership agreement with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the exclusive airline sponsor of the country’s national teams, the Super Eagles and Super Falcons of Nigeria.
This deal is coming ahead of the world cup qualifiers where Nigeria is drawn against Liberia, Cape Verde and the Central African Republic (CAR). The sponsorship deal, which was signed at the Marriot International Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos is for four years with the initial funding at N300,000,000 renewable after a year.
President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pennick who came to the signing in the company of Super Eagles stars Alex Iwobi, Tyron Ebuehi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo said the partnership was apt and Nigerian players will fly to the Cape Verde onboard the airline’s brand-new Embraer E195.
He said the N300milion was in both cash and kind, which according to him has enabled the NFF to attain 75% self-funding. “We are happy because Air Peace epitomizes unity, Air Peace epitomizes warmness, Air Peace epitomizes humanity, Air Peace epitomizes nationality and Air Peace is all about 100% safety.
“We have been approached by many international airlines, but we believe in this brand that is now established. What we have signed and what we have we will protect it and we will manage it and our dream has always been to be fully independent and with these and other signings we will get there,” Pennick said.
Chairman of Air Peace however explained that the contract is for four years and is renewable but hoped that the airline would do the four years. He also charged the Super Eagle to make the country proud by going to Cape Verde, beat them very well and eventually qualifying for the world cup, which would be hosted by Qatar in 2022.