Globacom Limited, the Official Sponsor of the National Teams of Nigeria has rejected claims by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that it has defaulted in the payment of the sponsorship fee for 2009 and says it may seek redress in court if the federation fails to retract the statement.

The company said a recent pronouncement by the NFF Head of Marketing that it was indebted to the Federation to the tune of N150 Million is a cheap lie calculated at diminishing Globacom’s investment in the nation’s football.

Michael Adeniyi Adenuga Jr.
Michael Adeniyi Adenuga Jr.

The statement from the office of Globacom’s Head of Sponsored Assets, Mrs. Omodele Sarafa-Yusuf, noted that “Globacom is the single highest financial corporate supporter of football at all levels in Nigeria since 2003 with over N6 billion committed to the development of the National teams and the Nigeria Premier League. We therefore find the recent statement from an NFF official to be in bad taste and a calculated falsehood aimed at diminishing our years of investment in football”.

The statement said Globacom has adhered strictly to the payment terms as specified in Clause 4.1-2 on page 4 of the contract signed in 2004 and urged the NFF to carefully study the letters of the section under reference. The clause stipulates that the 90% cash component of the rights fee be paid in two instalments at six months interval.

It also reminded the NFF that in adherence to this clause and in response to the NFF demand letter of April 23, 2009, Globacom had through a letter dated May 8, 2009, paid N80 Million to the Federation, representing over 50% of the total sponsorship fee remitted through an Equitorial Trust Bank (ETB) cheque Number 00364518.

Globacom, while restating a commitment to supporting all lawful agencies for football development in Nigeria , urged the NFF leadership to caution the erring officer for the embarrassment caused the company. The company said it has over the years endured a deliberate and consistent serial breaches of its rights to brand the National Teams’ training jerseys, exclusive branding of ball boys and escorts during National Teams’ matches and sector exclusivity by the federation and its agents”.

The statement said while these breaches have been brought to the attention of successive boards of the NFF since 2006, “we have not received any joy by way of actions to remedy the violations. Instead, agents of rival brands have been encouraged to ambush our rights even when we have fulfilled all obligations to the federation”.

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