How MTN Bankrolled Super Eagles Trip to Benin Republic For AFCON Qualifier


Reports have emerged of how leading telecommunication giant, MTN splashed the cash on Super Eagles of Nigeria boat trip to Cotonou.

According to an online newspaper,, “A life insurance policy was bought by MTN Nigeria for the Super Eagles to travel by sea to execute their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Benin Republic”

The report said the network provider availed the team two boats and seven crew members for the trip.

The Super Eagles last Friday departed via the Five Cowries Terminal, Falomo, which was built by the telecommunications company for the Lagos State Water Authority (LASWA).

“MTN supported the Nigerian National Team, the ‘Super Eagles’ with two boats and seven crew members to Benin Republic,” an NFF insider was quoted saying.

“MTN even took out a comprehensive life insurance policy on all of them to cover both going and coming.”

The three times African champions on Saturday defeated the  Squirrels of Benin Republic 1-0 to end their eight-year unbeaten home run at the Stade Charles De Gaulle.

Paul Onuachu came in as a substitute to secure the three points for Nigeria with a powerful header in injury time.

Nigeria will on Tuesday at Teslim Balogun Stadium square up against Lesotho team in a ‘dead rubber clash’.

Super Eagles had already qualified for the African showpiece and the Lesotho team have no edge to claim going into the game.


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