The management of Aiteo Group, Nigeria’s foremost oil and gas company, has pledged to give the sum of N10 million for every goal recently scored by the Super Eagles against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon during their World Cup qualification games.
The Super Eagles scored four un-replied goals against Cameroon in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Friday, September 1, and subsequently played a one-all draw against the Lions in Yaounde, bringing the total pledge for each goal scored by the Nigerian national team to N50 million.
This donation is to be used for the treatment of Carl Ikeme, the team’s goalkeeper, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017.
The cheque will be presented to the team when they open camp in the prelude to their World Cup qualifying match against Zambia in Uyo in October.
The recent outstanding performance of the Super Eagles has been attributed to the financial stability the team now enjoys.
Many of the team’s key financial needs are being addressed by the N2.7 billion sponsorship deal between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Aiteo Group, which is ensuring that major outings of both the senior male and female national football teams will be extensively supported for the next five years.
“Our ambition is to boost the performance of the Nigerian teams and return the country to the position of dominance in African football,” said Benedict Peters, who is the executive vice chairman of Aiteo Group.
On the donation to the treatment of goalkeeper Ikeme, Peters added that “we are happy with the progress the Super Eagles are making, and are looking forward to having Ikeme return to action for the national team soon.”
According to him “this is our way of showing support for the team and the goalkeeper in particular. As a company, we are interested in the things that integrate and unite Nigerians, and we know that football is at the core of our national pride and international diplomacy.”