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At last, Glo, LMC sign N1.9b title sponsorship pact

Published by Guardian on Tue, 07 May 2013

TELECOMMUNICATIONS outfit, Globacom Nigeria, Monday signed a three-year one billion, eight hundred and ninety-six million, seven hundred and thirty thousand naira deal with the League Management Company (LMC), which officially makes it the title sponsor of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Globacom won the NPFL title rights late last year, but the agreement with the LMC did not become official until yesterday as it took both parties some time to agree on some gray areas.Speaking on the deal, Globacom's Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Jameel, said the company was delighted to return as the title sponsor of the Professional Football League in Nigeria.He promised that as the title sponsor, Globacom would give maximum support to the administrators of the league in their efforts to develop talents for Nigerian football and make the league attractive.Jameel also said Globacom's primary reason for sponsoring the league 'is to develop Nigerian football.'Today, we are witnessing the appointment of Globacom as the title sponsor of the Glo Premier League. We thank the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, for his efforts to resolve all the issues surrounding the title sponsorship.'We also thank members of the League Management Company (LMC) for all the significant strides they are making to develop the Nigerian professional football league,' said Jameel.LMC Chairman, Nduka Irabor led the league team to the meeting. Other members of the LMC in attendance were the Chairman of Lagos Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko and Salihu Abubakar.Irabor, who said he was delighted to see this day, thanked the management of Globacom and members of the LMC for their patience in the interest of Nigerian football league.'This ceremony would have been held weeks back but both parties demonstrated admirable integrity and honesty in the process of fine-tuning the details of the contract, which was agreed to in principle a few weeks ago. I pray that we will hand over a structure that will promote the interest of Nigerian football,' he said.
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