The board of the Nationwide League One (NLO) under the chairmanship of Honourable Silas Agara has signed a sponsorship deal with FirstCentral Credit Bureau for NLO’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and NLO Cup which will hold in December.
Speaking during the signing which was held at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Glass House in Abuja, Agara said the deal could not have at a better time as NLO with over 300 clubs has become a viable platform for corporate organisations to identify with in terms of sponsorship.
According to the NLO boss, the various reforms the new board has put in place have started yielding positive gains and have made the NLO a more attractive brand for corporate Nigeria.
“We are delighted to have the FirstCentral Credit Bureau come on board as one of our sponsors. I believe the various reforms that the new board is proposing to the AGM will yield positive gains and make the NLO a more attractive brand to Corporate Nigeria. The reforms are yet to be approved but due to positive activities from the NLO Secretariat, we have been seeing positive changes.
“You will agree with me that the Nationwide League One with over 300 clubs making it the largest in Africa, is a viable brand for corporate organization in Nigeria, this has brought about our relationship with First Central Credit Bureau
“Football in Nigeria is massive and an incredible unifier that connects people from all walks of life, as grassroot football is watched daily. It’s on record that 70 percent of NLO Division One and U-19 Youth League matches were live-streamed via the NLO TV App.
“The leadership of the NLO has also shown commitment to the growth of grassroot football which has seen a massive increase in the number of participating teams in the NLO from 80 clubs to over 300 clubs cutting across all 36 States of the Federation and FCT, due to our financial prudence with the little resources available.
“The Board can confidently assure Nigerians that with support from top brands such as First Central Credit Bureau, Nigerians will see more positive service delivery from the NLO.
“So, FirstCentral Credit Bureau will leverage our platform by sponsoring the inaugural NLO Cup and also take care of the bills for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) billed for Friday, December 8, 2023.”
The NLO Cup is billed to kick off in Kano and Uyo on November 24th and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) billed for December 8, to set the pace for the 2024/25 season kickoff.
Mrs Busola Dansu, General Manager, Northern Operations, First Central Credit Bureau, said the sponsorship is part of her company’s corporate social responsibility to Nigeria.