Nigeria’s Football Federation (NFF) has signed a four-year deal with Air Peace as the official carrier of the country’s national teams whenever they are on national assignments.
The sponsorship deal is worth N300 million that will initially run for one year and is renewable for another three years by both parties, potentially rising to N1.2bn (about $3m)
Speaking at the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Allen Onyema, Chairman, Air Peace, said the airline would deploy its brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft to airlift the Super Eagles to their away matches, while the Boeing 777 would be positioned for Super Eagles matches to long hauls like the United States and other countries.
Mr Onyema insisted that the airline is capable of carrying out the agreement successfully, having operated flights to China, Israel and Indian at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
He added: “The national teams of Nigeria represent the hope of this country. Whenever the national teams are playing, there is no disparity or ethnicity among us for that moment. I am not saying everything is okay in Nigeria, but whatever challenges we have can be resolved. The Niger Delta challenge was resolved, this one too that we are having at the moment can be resolved peacefully.
“We at Air Peace are proud of our country and we will do everything possible to support the NFF to succeed.”
He also reiterated the willingness of the airline to partner with other local football clubs in the country stating that the partnership with NFF was one of its Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Amaju Pinnick, president of the NFF in his remarks said that the N300milion partnership deal has enabled the federation to attain 75 per cent self-funding.
He explained that the federation was happy to be a part of the historic occasion, stressing that Air Peace epitomised quality and selflessness.
He said: “We are happy because Air Peace epitomises unity, warmth, humanity, nationality and it is about 100 per cent 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 be having in the next one week, we will get there.