The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, will be the first team to wear the new Nike kits after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) signed a deal with the company in London on Thursday according to thenff.com.
Flying Eagles will play at the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand starting from May 31. Meanwhile, the NFF president Amaju Pinnick has expressed confidence that the kit sponsorship agreement the federation signed with world’s leading brand, Nike in London on Thursday will open more doors for Nigeria football in the area of ponsorship.
“I am thoroughly convinced that this agreement is the beginning of good and great things to happen to Nigeria football with regards to sponsorship deals,” he said.
“The NFF is happy to come into partnership with a leading global brand like Nike. We are in good company.”
Pinnick believes there will be even more glorious moments for Nigerian football in the coming years than during Nike’s first partnership with the NFF between 1994 and 2003.
“During those years, Nigeria won a first-ever Olympics football gold (1996) and reached the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup (1998). But I have no doubts whatsoever that this second coming of Nike into Nigeria football will bring even more joyous moments with plenty of laurels for the national teams.
“Nigerian football has excellent potential all around and a top global brand like Nike will help to spur the processes that the present NFF administration has put in place to drive our game to the next level.”
The agreement to run till at least 2018 was signed at The Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews, London, on Thursday afternoon.
The NFF team at the signing comprised Pinnick, Emeka Inyama (chairmanof NFF Marketing Committee), Ibrahim Gusau (member of the NFFexecutive committee), Mohammed Sanusi (NFF general secretary), Stephen Keshi (Super Eagles coach), Ademola Olajire (assistant director,
communications) and Okey Obi (chief legal officer).
Nike was represented by Tina Salminen, the company’s Africa football sports marketing director.