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MTN/AIT AWARDS: Keep Globacom out of this, says Bassey

The Nigeria Football Federation should please keep Globacom out of their problems and stop exposing their ignorance in contemporary football issues.” This was the reaction of Mr Paul Bassey, Wednesday, when he was told to react to the news that the NFF has written AIT to drop MTN as sponsor of its football award.

“It is a distraction. More importantly, it puts into perspective the quality of leadership at the Glass House. I do not know whether AIT signed any award contract with NFF, that will necessitate them dragging Globacom into an initiative that is purely private.

“The NFF should be educated on this please. They do not have any authority over this award. They should also be told that most of the popular awards in the world are organized by media houses who have the right to source their sponsors.”

Mr. Bassey continued. “ was AIT  going to force Globacom to partner it in an event they may not be interested in or budgeted for? Strangely, there was a time you could not touch a bank or an oil company because Globacom was involved. I am happy all that has been put behind us as the NFF back pedaled in its stand as another bank came out recently to spearhead the ill fated match against Tunisia.

“On a lighter side I see a drowning man who is frantically looking for straw to stay alive, and should not drag Globacom into an unnecessary fight. In other places in Africa sports administrators take advantage of the sports interest of these two communication giants to help further the financial base of their associations. Here we get them to fight unnecessarily.

“I have had to help Punch organize a scrabble competition without the scrabble association saying I must stick to their sponsors. If I get a sponsor to partner with me to uplift school track and field in Akwa Ibom, the AFN will not come and say “no, wait  until our sponsors are interested”


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