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CSO hails NFF, GAC Autos partnership

The Civil Society Network for Good Governance, an umbrella body of over 87 registered CSOs has commended the recent partnership deal between the Nigeria Football…

The Civil Society Network for Good Governance, an umbrella body of over 87 registered CSOs has commended the recent partnership deal between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and GAC autos. The partnership confers on the latter, the title of Official Automobile Partner of the NFF.

The partnership also ushered-in the delivery of four brand new vehicles and an ambulance to the NFF.

Reacting to this development, the CSO, in a statement by its President, Ambassador Kamal Adefila the partnership marked a milestone and commendable “considering the fact that, acting on petitions, some anti-graft agencies had in the past had cause to put sponsors through the grueling experience of leaving their core business to answer questions on valid contracts entered into with NFF.”

He said “the continued harassment of sponsors, by some unscrupulous elements whose sole aim is to unseat the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation under the Presidency of Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick…had in the past led to a situation where existing sponsors were intimidated into terminating their contracts while potential sponsors held back with the integrity of their potential partner being dragged in the mud with bad press and ceaseless investigations.

“We commend the Amaju Pinnick led board and the management of NFF for not relenting and getting this deal over the line.

“We equally commend GAC Autos for taking the bold step of pitching it’s tent with a premium branding real estate that is Nigerian football, assuring them that the board, that we have had cause to independently assess over the years, will make the most of their donations.

“We equally call on other private establishments in Nigeria to key into the vision of the current NFF by exploring partnership and sponsorship opportunities in football to gain mileage for their brands while developing the beautiful game in Nigeria.

“This successful deal, which is a culmination of Amaju Pinnick’s effort to woo sponsors for Nigerian Football, a clear departure from the past when the norm was to depend solely on government for funding footballing activities, also excites us as it pretends a prosperous and more sustainable future funding model for NFF.

“We have no doubt that the schemes of these unpatriotic elements and their financiers against the board of NFF will continue to be exposed until NFF regain it’s pride of place as an attractive bride to sponsors.

“Indeed the Civil Society Network for Good Governance has been vindicated as this important deal is a confirmation of our long-held position that the series of distractions brought about by enemies Nigerian Football and the Nigeria has been major factor in scaring away sponsors.” The statement read.