Nigeria Professional Football League club Akwa United and Dana Air have signed a one-year extension to their sponsorship deal.
The domestic airline — headquartered in Ikeja — and Akwa United, first partnered at the start of the 2017-18 season.
As part of the deal, Dana Air flew the Uyo club to long-distance away trips in return for marketing rights.
After over eight months of partnership, both parties agreed to a contract extension, and on Wednesday formally inked a one-year extension to the deal.
At a ceremony held at the conference room of Godswill Akpabio Stadium, media manager of the airline, Kingsley Ezenwa, pledged continued support for the club.
“We are here to renew what we started last year, because we believe in Akwa United,” he said.
“Akwa United actually did well last year and we’re back to support you guys.
“We’ll continue to support the initiative of the state and contribute in our own way to sports development and making positive impacts.”
Chairman of Akwa United, Paul Bassey, shortly after signing the contract on behalf of Akwa United, expressed delight at the deal renewal.
“We are happy you chose to invest in us and we promise you value for your commitment and money,” said Bassey.
“Nigerian league is a streinous league that requires long-distance travel and last season, you helped us fly to Abuja, where we hit the road and sometimes fly us directly to our match venues.
“Dana partnership has been very worthwhile that’s why we are happy for this contract extension, believing that you’ll get value for your sponsorship.
“We promise you that we’re going into this season with all determination and by the time we win the NPFL or the Aiteo Cup, Dana Air Corporate Office will be one of the places we’ll visit to present the cup officially,” he concluded.
Dana Air, who recently celebrated 10 years of operation in the Nigeria airspace, will continue to lift the two-time domestic cup champions to long-distance fixtures this season.