April 29, 2015

Nike deal: NFF reads riot act to players, coaches


By Jude Opara, Abuja
In an effort to sustain the new contract it just signed with kits manufacturing giantsNike, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it has concluded arrangements to commit all national team players and coaches to signing a code of conduct on how to dress during competitions.



Director of Marketing of the federation, Idris Adama told journalists yesterday in Abuja that the development is to avoid a repeat of the problem which led to former NFF sponsors, addidas pulling out after the 2014 World Cup.

He further explained that the NFF and the American based company also reached an agreement which gives the company the right to protect its product from any flagrant abuse.

According to Adama, the federation will set up a Compliance Unit under the Marketing Department so as to ensure contracts are allowed to run in line with agreed terms and conditions.

“You see the new leadership of the federation has demonstrated enough commitment to ensure that all contracts that we go into are fully protected especially the rights to activate the protection of their products.

“To that effect, the federation is coming up with a Compliance Unit which will be under the Marketing Department and will work with the Legal Unit to ensure that every contract signed with any organization is performed in line with all terms and conditions.”

“Already there are measures that have been put in place to ensure that any player or coach that will play for Nigeria will adhere to.”

We drummed this during our negotiations with the chief coach. One of the conditions to play for Nigeria is that the player must comply with the measures which are already in place” said Adama.