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NPFL: Enyimba, Rangers, others seal undisclosed Hero Lager beer sponsorship deals

Hero lager beer, a product of International Breweries Plc have signed an undisclosed one-year deal with five Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs

The five clubs are Enyimba, Enugu Rangers, Abia Warriors, Ifeanyi Ubah FC and Heartland FC and the deal will only run for next season which begins on December 17th, 2021 was signed at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Tuesday.  

Among top dignitaries who were present at the ceremony include Marketing Director International Breweries PLC Tolulope Adedeji, NFF president Amaju Pinnick, First Vice president Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, League Management Company (LMC) president Shehu Dikko, representatives of the five clubs and president of the Referee Association of Nigeria.

In his remarks, NFF president Pinnick says the new partnership will go a long way in tackling the welfare of players.

“The reason why I came on board is because we are here for the welfare of the players which is very important.

“When we are playing we always have the support of the clubs owners and we say let’s tackle the welfare of the players which will make the young ones see that there is something in for them if they put their best.”

Speaking on the deal, LMC chairman Dikko said the deal was a way to make football a part of the Nigerian economy.

”I thank everybody for being present here today, it’s a special occasion. This is the way to do it, thankfully our president is here member of FIFA Council Amaju Pinnick, Vice President is here and what I know is that history will always remember us for the effort we have been putting to move our football forward.

“What me and Seyi (Akinwunmi) always tell who cares to listen is how to make our football the fundamental of our economy. Once you are able to achieve that and when the government is giving the statistics concerning the contribution, football needs to be among the top three, because this country has all the ingredients and capacity and we only need to come together and move forward,” he said.

And according to Aghahowa, who played for Bendel Insurance in the Nigerian league during his professional career, said:”As a product of the league I have contributed my own part to the development of football in this country and we also want the younger ones coming to follow that line.

“We’ve seen the efforts the NFF has put to the development of the game and for that to happen we need to have more sponsors, we need to have more people like Heroes,” he noted.

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