Globacom, a prominent supporter of Nigerian football and supplier of digital telecommunications solutions, has congratulated the national football team, the Super Eagles, on their crucial victory over South Africa that advanced them to the competition final. The group urged the team to aim for the trophy in Sunday’s championship game.
The bold Bafana Bafana was defeated by the Nigerian side on Wednesday in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, 4 goals to 2 thanks to penalties. After additional time, the scores were even at one goal each.
Nigeria will play the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the final in Abidjan on Sunday. In the second semifinal match, the Ivoriens defeated Congo DR.
“We congratulate the players and officials for qualifying for the final. They have made the country proud and inspired hope in every young Nigerian. They have once again demonstrated the resilience and can-do spirit that Nigerians are known for”, Globacom said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.
The company also affirmed that the Nigerian squad was capable of winning the championship game and called on them to overcome the challenge of their upcoming opponents to bring the trophy back to Nigeria.
Globacom, led by its chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., has been the biggest backer of Nigerian football over the years. The company has committed more than N20 billion to support various sports programmes, the national teams, and the professional football league in Nigeria.
Dr Adenuga gave the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, a $1 million gift in 2013 for winning the 29th African Cup of Nations, which took place in South Africa.
His businesses have contributed to the sport’s growth in the nation by sponsoring the Nigerian national teams for N2 billion in 2011 and the Nigerian Premier League for three years at a cost of N1.9 billion.