Official telecoms partner of the Nigeria Football Federation, MTN has pledged to keep supporting and appreciating the senior women national team, Super Falcons as the fabulous ladies continue to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.
At a reception in honour of the nine-time African champions, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday night, Adia Sowho, who is the telecom behemoth’s chief marketing officer, hailed the team for its consistency and sterling on-field and off-field attributes, saying they do so much to bring honour to Nigeria every now and then.
Sowho regaled the auditorium with the various feats of the elegant Falcons, and stated that MTN remains proud of its identity with the team. She challenged them to keep winning and soaring, assuring that MTN will be with them all the way.
Sports Development Minister, Senator John Owan Enoh noted that the Falcons have been giving Nigerians joy and urged MTN to continue to support the team as it undertakes greater tasks and seeks to climb higher hurdles.
President of NFF, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, described MTN as “one of our biggest partners” and praised the company for its consistency in support of football. “The Super Falcons are the most successful national team and they deserve all the accolades. In their last two matches, they have scored nine goals to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians. I believe they will go to Cape Verde and finish the job brilliantly, and we also have confidence in them to earn the Olympic ticket this time, after our country missed the last three Women Olympic Football Tournaments.
“Last year, they could not even make the podium at the Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. But they put that adversity behind them and rose to impress the world at the FIFA World Cup. I believe they are ready for the challenge of reclaiming the African title in the same North African country next year.”
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi thanked MTN for its support for various levels of football, and assured that the Super Falcons have the mettle to overcome upcoming on-field challenges and perhaps dazzle better at the Olympics in Paris than they did at the World Cup in Down Under.
The company afterwards presented gifts to the players and their officials.
MTN’s team also included Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru (Director); Idowu Adesokan (GM, Consumer Marketing); Osaze Ebuaku (Senior Manager, Go-t-Market) and Anas Galadima (Senior Manager, Public Affairs).
Also in NFF’s team were Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Chairman, Marketing Committee); Babatunde Akinsanya (Director of Finance); Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications); Ruth David (Ag. Director of Competitions); Dayo Enebi Achor (Head of International) and; Alizor Chuks (Head of Marketing and Sponsorship).