Payment of salaries of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo among others, will no longer be delayed.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sealed a whooping 2.5 billion naira partnership deal with Aiteo Group.

The company has also bagged the title of Official Optimum Partner of the NFF.

The partnership, which is the first in-country sports sponsorship for the energy giant, will start on 1st May 2017, and has an initial option of one-year extension.

"Aiteo Group’s overarching social responsibility objectives are to encourage a positive impact, through our activities on the society-at-large and has successfully done so for several years.

"Football brings joy to the lives of Nigerians and each moment celebrated by families in their living rooms over a goal scored or friends catching up on highlights of a well –taken free –kick by their local heroes, leaves an indelible mark with memories for a life time," Aiteo’s Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Ndiana-Abasi Matthew, said.

"This is a long –awaited injection of funds the NFF has earnestly yearned for. We are convinced that we are turning a new chapter in Nigerian Football with this agreement in place.

"As Aiteo Group is breaking grounds in all spheres, we share a vision of excellence to promoting the delight of football –loving Nigerians," said NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire.

At Wednesday’s signing ceremony, NFF President Amaju Pinnick said: “This is a heartwarming landmark in the history of football sponsorship in Nigeria. I am very happy that a critical area of our expenditure is being taken care of by this agreement.”

Rohr signed a two-year contract with the NFF, with a task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.