Football fans in Owerri are smiling. This is because Dana Air has extended its multi-million naira sponsorship deal with Heartland FC of Owerri, Imo State.
The sponsorship which, was first unveiled in 2018, was extended for the duration of the 2018/ 19 Nigerian Professional League (NPFL) Season at a short ceremony held at the conference hall of DE-Range hotel in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Speaking at the contract extension signing ceremony, the Media and Communications Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the airline is happy to unveil another mouth-watering deal with a leading club in the country – Heartland fc of Owerri, Imo State.
“At Dana Air, we are not just concerned about flying our guests to and from Owerri and Abuja, but we are concerned mostly about what we can positively contribute to the development of the state, in furtherance of other CSR activities we have carried out in Imo State.
“We believe sports, particularly football is another way we can impact the state and the good people of Imo State by doing everything to ensure that their beloved team gets all the support to play the continental games this season. Also, considering the futuristic airline partnership that we have with the forward-looking Imo State government, Heartland FC becomes central in our sponsorship considerations. "
The Chairman and President of Heartland FC, Goodfaith Etuemena, also praised the management of the airline for considering the club in its sponsorship initiatives in the state, describing it as the ‘first ever in the country by any airline in the country and the most innovative for the second year running.’’
“We are thankful to Dana Air for considering an extension of this sponsorship deal for our great club – Heartland FC of Owerri. We have also done a lot on our part to improve so that we can continue to attract amazing sponsorship like this. At the moment, we have a foreign partnership for the production of our kits and they are of top quality. We also have a new home ground, a foreign coach and with Dana Air embossed boldly on our home and away jerseys. We hope to make them proud for their investment and believe in the team since we came from the lower league. ‘’