Mohammed Sanusi, the General Secretary of the NFF announced on Monday that The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and sports kits manufacturing company NIKE have concluded arrangements to redesign the national team jerseys, .
Sanusi said in Abuja that NIKE would supply newly-designed jerseys to the national teams later this year. He said the national teams had a single design jersey under the new contract with NIKE because the company gave NFF only what it had left in stock last year.
“The NIKE contract which was signed in 2015 is going to be more operational in 2016. “In 2015, they made us to understand that there were no kits and, instead of us going to the market to buy, we decided to manage what they had in stock, which was better for us at that moment. But for 2016, NIKE has come up with new designs which are beautiful and attractive, better than what we used for our matches in 2015″.
“But,, from what they told us, we will get the new designs in large quantity this year. I want to assure that what NIKE has in stock for Nigeria this year will be far better than what we had last year. This is because we will have new designs now, which we will be using from this year,’’ the NFF General Secretary said.
Sanusi, who did not mention when the consignment would arrive in the country, urged Nigerians to appreciate NIKE for partnering with the NFF when Adidas failed to renew its partnership. He regretted the negative reports the contract generated, saying the situation was blown out of proportion. The NFF official said the negative media reports about the contract almost led to NIKE’s withdrawal from the partnership.
“The NIKE contract issue has been over blown, to the extent it almost pushed the company away from the country. This is not good. As Nigerians, we should not be talking about the contract in a negative way because if we push them away from Nigeria, it means we will have to buy jerseys from the market,’’