By Richard Jideaka:
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) faces the risk of having to buy jerseys to prosecute international games next year and this is because the contract with kit sponsors Adidas terminates by end of December this year.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick revealed that the federation is in talks with Adidas over a fresh contract, but the chances of getting the deal done before the end of the year look slim after the kit manufacturers pulled out over breach of contract.
“We are returning to Adidas for a fresh contract. I am positive that they will still be our kits sponsors and suppliers for a fresh deal. I can tell you that we are talking to them to sign a new contract before the expiration of the current one,” the NFF boss said.
Adidas had given notice of termination of the contract with NFF in June during the World Cup in Brazil after alleging breaches of the contract by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Complete Sports gathered that the Super Eagles went contrary to agreement during the World Cup in Brazil when some players and officials brazenly wore kits of rival kit manufacturer alongside their Adidas kits provided by NFF.
These breaches were done in the full glare of the Adidas representative in the Super Eagles lodge at the World Cup in Brazil. Our source revealed also that Adidas official complained but the situation did not change and he took photo shots and sent to the company’s headquarters for necessary action.
“Adidas were enraged by the presence and use of some Nike kits among Super Eagles players at the World Cup and after efforts to check this came with little success, they wrote the NFF that they were pulling out of the contract over alleged breaches.
“It was no secret that Nike agent penetrated some Super Eagles players to use their kits when they don’t have kits contract with the NFF. What they did in Brazil was ambush marketing and Adidas reacted to it with a notice of withdrawal” our source said.