Nigerian league nets 170m dollar sponsorship deal

AFP, Thursday 16 Dec 2010

The Nigerian league has accepted a four-year sponsorship deal with telephone company MTN, top Nigeria Premier League (NPL) official Joe Anene confirmed on Thursday


MTN, which already sponsors the league in Cameroon as well as the FA Cup in Ghana, will pay the NPL a total of 2.6 billion naira (170 million dollars) over four years.

Sponsorship begins this season with a rights fee of 550 million naira and will be reviewed upwards by 10 percent for subsequent seasons.

The announcement followed a rigorous bid process by the NPL bid committee headed by vice-chairman Shehu Gusau.

The 20-team league kicked off this season without a sponsor after the previous title sponsorship was terminated.

Two-time African champions Enyimba are the defending NPL kings.

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