By David Meshioye and Adeboye Amosu:
NIKE have soft-pedalled on their decision to pull out of their deal with the Nigeria Football Federation, and are set to supply a new set of kits to the country's national teams by the second quarter of the year, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
The American company entered into an agreement with the NFF in 2015, after the soccer house's previous deal with Adidas expired at the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But NIKE recently expressed concern over the barrage of criticism and bad publicity it had received in Nigeria and threatened to pull out of the deal.
"NIKE will supply us (NFF) with brand new jerseys by April and we look forward to receiving them," a top official of the NFF informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
"The jerseys will be for our men and women national teams.
"They were not happy with all the negative stories coming out of Nigeria about the wash and wear jerseys and recently contemplated pulling out of the agreement they have with us.
"At a time we secured the deal with them, things were really tough for us because we approached a lot of kitting companies and they turned us down.
"NIKE were the only company ready to supply kits to our national teams then. For them now to be receiving all this bad publicity is unacceptable."
The NFF signed the partnership deal with Nike in April 2015 and it is expected to end in 2018.
The deal is said to be worth $750,000 in the first year with NIKE expected to supply kits worth $1m to Nigeria in the year 2017 and 2018