Following the qualifications of the Super Eagles for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after two previous failed attempts, there have been positive remarks and commendations for Benedict Peters, the man, whose energy company, Aiteo Group has powered Nigerian football in recent times.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) lauded Aiteo for the role it played in redefining football in Nigeria, thereby creating the enabling factors for the Super Eagles to qualify after missing out on back-to-back editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
In a message to the founder and Executive Vice President of the Aiteo group, Benedict Peters, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick lauded Aiteo and particularly the Executive Vice Chairman of the group, Mr. Benedict Peters for putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians.
According to Amaju, “Aiteo group has redefined Nigerian football and have put smiles on the faces of Nigerians. He added that Nigerians are currently celebrating the qualification for AFCON 2019, but have little knowledge of the role Aiteo played to make it happen.”
His words, “Dear Mr Benedict Peters, kindly accept my sincerest gratitude to your esteemed self and the Aiteo Group for redefining Nigeria football and putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians. Today, everybody is celebrating Nigeria’s qualification for AFCON 2019 after two successive misses but have very minimal knowledge of the role Aiteo played. Once again, I doff my hat and a big thank you.”
The social media is awash with several tweets and posts commending the Super Eagles and Aiteo for job well done.
Commenting on an Instagram post by Instablog9ja, a follower by the name seelauragama wrote, “Congratulations Eagles. If not for the corrupt referees we would have done better.. But it looks like since these oil people Aiteo took over Nigeria has been doing well football wise.”
Super Eagles of Nigeria drew 1-1 with Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
They qualify with 10 points after five games and still have one more qualifying series to be played against Seychelles in March.
Aiteo is currently Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil and gas company by output. In April 2017, Aiteo announced a five-year partnership agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) worth an estimated N2.5billion. This partnership saw the Group emerging as the NFF’s Official Optimum Partner and funding the salaries of coaching staff of the Super Eagles, a move which is believed by many as the singular most important factor that led to Nigeria’s emergence as the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In June 2017, Aiteo followed up this sponsorship with a fresh N2.5billion agreement to underwrite the cost of the Federation Cup, now renamed Aiteo Cup. In October 2017, Benedict Peters took his philanthropy and corporate social investment beyond Nigeria’s borders when Aiteo announced a partnership agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to sponsor the Annual CAF Awards 2018. The event, now called the AITEO-CAF Awards, honours footballers who have made outstanding contributions to the development of football development on the continent.