As part of its commitment towards sports development in Nigeria and making the Nigerian professional Football League more glamorous, Dana Air has unveiled another sponsorship deal worth millions of Naira with the current Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leader, Akwa United FC of Akwa Ibom state.
A statement by Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, the spokesman for the airline said that under this deal, Dana Air would get branding opportunities for the duration of the season and fly the team to all its away matches in the 2018 NPFL season.
Also as part of the deal, the club’s player of the month initiative would be sponsored by Dana Air with a good largess from the airline.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dana Air, congratulated Akwa United for winning the league cup last year and for starting this season on a very impressive note.
He said that the sponsorship deal was not just about branding opportunities or commercials, but its commitment to developing football in Nigeria and supporting the Nigerian league.
He said the essence was to make the nation’s league glamorous and encourage the players to be the best., stressing that if organisations brought the passion with which they follow teams in the English Premier League, the Nigerian league would be better for it.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Paul Bassey, the Chairman of Akwa United, said: “This is surely a turning point in the development of football in Nigeria. This partnership will definitely ease our travels and we commend Dana Air, Nigeria’s foremost airline for this.
“Air travel is the safest in the world and with this, Dana Air has taken a lot of burden off the club. The other day, we heard of a team that was involved in a road mishap, thank God the players came out unhurt. We thank Dana Air for giving back to the society and supporting Akwa Ibom state. Dana Air will surely get the value for this sponsorship.”
Only recently, Dana Air unveiled a sponsorship deal to support the 2018 NPFL campaign of Heartland FC of Owerri. The airline is the first and only domestic airline to have taken such initiative just as other global carriers like Emirate, Ethiad and Qatar airways.
Dana Air, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), operates over 27 daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, and Owerri. The airline is reputed for its innovative online products, World-class in-flight service and unrivalled on-time performance.