The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick paid a courtesy visit to the corporate head office of MTN Nigeria in appreciation of the ICT giant’s immense contributions to the Super Eagles’ qualification for 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers.
MTN Nigeria provided two boats and seven crew members in addition to insurance policy covers required for the team to embark on the national engagement. The Gernot Rohr-led team took off and docked at the Falomo jetty in Ikoyi, Lagos, which was built by the telecommunications service provider for the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
Speaking during the visit, Amaju Pinnick said, “On behalf of the NFF, I want to thank MTN Nigeria wholeheartedly for the support, especially the trip to Porto-Novo. I put a call to Karl that we needed extra boat to take us to Porto-Novo and we got the support. It was an experiment that went very well. We want to thank MTN for helping us achieve this. We are proud to be associated with this brand. We are very proud of this relationship and the next big thing that will happen is for them to have a union with the NFF and I can assure them that the relationship will be beneficial to our teeming youth population.”
Appreciating the NFF team for their visit, Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN Nigeria said “We are looking for ways to support in a significant manner things that are important to Nigerians and football is central in this regard. We have complete faith that whatever initiative we agree on together will be properly executed by the NFF, led by Amaju Pinnick. This is the starting point of that engagement. Our various teams are going to look at the manner in which MTN can be significant in terms of supporting football in Nigeria and when we have distilled that down to an executable plan we will progress.”
“We were given an opportunity by the leadership of football in Nigeria to support. We are grateful for that,” Toriola added.