Strategic partner to the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL), GTI Asset Management and Trust Limited, has reiterated its commitment to helping the football league body achieve a strong and transparent football ecosystem in the country.
The company said it intends to do this by helping to build the football body using the Nigeria Football Fund (TNFF) as a vehicle to attaining this laudable dream.
Group Managing Director of GTI, Abubakar Lawal, gave this assurance to newsmen during the unveiling of the new Nigeria Premier League (NPL) logo and the NPFL championship play-off draws in Lagos at the weekend.
Lawal stated that the company was employing every best international practice to give Nigerian football a desirable breakthrough that enable it compete with the best football leagues in the world. “We at GTI are committing lots of material and financial resources towards ensuring that NPFL enjoys robust financial support in order to become self-sustaining with necessary measures to ensure transparency in all its dealings with investors, sponsors and other partners. We are proud to associate with the NPL in execution of this project and we hope Nigerian football will grow from strength to strength going forward with the unveiling of the new NPL logo”, He said.
Commending GTI on its feat, the Chairman, Interim Management Committee of the NPFL, Gbenga Elegbeleye, said that the partnership between the two bodies will bring the best out of Nigerian football league, as the six teams on display namely Bendel Insurance, Enyimba FC, Remo Stars, Sunshine Stars, Lobi Stars and Sunshine FC will trade tackles in a round-robin format beginning from June 3 to June 11, 2023.
Elegbeleye affirmed that the event will see the return of massive football celebrations in Lagos especially on the side of the winning team which will be returning home with the sum of N100 million and a trophy.
Head of Operations, IMC-NPL, Davidson Owunmi, stated that the organisation was strongly committed to restoring confidence in its sponsors and investors, while calling on other investors and stakeholders to key into the TNFF project and football in Nigeria. “NPFL is an asset that belongs to Nigerians and the effort of GTI at this stage is to encourage more Nigerians to become unit holders as early as possible to mop up the remaining units of the N5 billion that is expected to be raised through the funds”, he said.