18th November, 2014
As the Super Eagles of Nigeria play their last group match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series in Uyo Wednesday evening, management of two Nigerian owned companies, Discovery Air and Globacom, have told the team to beat their opponents, Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
Discovery Air airlifted the delegation of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to Pointe Noire when the Super Eagles played the Red Devils of Congo, a match that ended in 2-0 victory for the Nigerian team last weekend, while telecommunication outfit, Globacom has been the major partner of the NFF and official sponsor of Nigerian national teams since 2003.
Managing Director of Discovery Air, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed, said in Lagos Tuesday that the company believes the Eagles have what it takes to pick the three points at stake at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, adding that Discovery Air is proud to be part of Eagles’ success in Congo.
“It will be the delight of all Nigerians to see the Eagles crushing the South Africans, a victory that will pave way for Nigeria’s qualification for the Nations Cup, which holds in Equatorial Guinea in January.
“Discovery Air, like all Nigerians, pray for Eagles’ victory in the crucial match, and we are looking forward to celebrating with the team at the end of the day,” said Captain Mohammed.
“I want to say again that it is a great pleasure that we were given the opportunity to fly our ambassadors to Congo last weekend and it gladden my heart that the feedback we have been receiving testified to the excellent service we give our customers whenever they travel with us. The feedback we got was that members of the Super Eagles would like to enjoy the ‘Discovery’ experience again and our hope is that we will be given the chance to carry them to Equatorial Guinea for the Nations Cup,” he said.
Chairman of Discovery Air, Engr Babatunde Babalola said the company has been holding fruitful talks with the government of the 2015 AFCON host country for the airline to be one of the airlines that will be cleared to airlift people to Equatorial Guinea.
“We are spreading our routes gradually. Our in-flight experience is the best in the industry today in Nigeria. We have a high standard service which made the NFF to contact us after they have done their due diligent and I want to say that we won’t compromise on the good service. Discovery Air thanks the management of NFF for the rare opportunity given to us and we are looking forward to partnering with the NFF in the future especially as the Nations Cup is at hand.
“We are more than ready to be of service to the NFF in future engagement of our national teams. We are not new to Nigerian football. We had a supporting campaign for the Eagles during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil last June,”
Babalola, who is the proprietor of Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos, a female basketball team in the league.
Meanwhile, Globacom, has advised the Super Eagles to go for outright victory in their match against Bafana Bafana
Globacom, in a press statement released in Lagos on Tuesday stated that the Eagles need maximum support from over 170 million Nigerians in their quest to win the match and pick the second Group A ticket to 2015 African Cup of Nations’ in Equatorial Guinea.
Globacom therefore tasked the Super Eagles not to spare Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, adding that only total victory will make Nigerians happy, especially after the team returned to reckoning in the group with their heart-warming victory over the Red Devils of Congo in Pointe Noire on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana lead Group D with 11 points going into this game, while Eagles are second with 7 points, although they tie with Red Devils of Congo who will play Sudan in Khartoum, same day but with superior goals advantage.
“Like we expressed belief in the Super Eagles to beat Congo last weekend, we are also backing the team to pick the three points against South Africa in this game. We equally believe that the Eagles have rediscovered their rhythm and are on course towards featuring in Equatorial Guinea where they will defend their title in January next year,” the statement added.
According to Globacom: “We cannot fail to appreciate the collective effort of the team in surmounting the challenge in Congo as we believe the players will not take their feet off the pedal at this point in time until the AFCON ticket is secured,” the statement further said.
Globacom also commended the NFF for its steadfastness in supporting the national team, as well as the supporters club and the fans for their prayers.