Just two days after confirming Stephen Keshi as undefinedof the Super Eagles, the Nigeria Football Federation has sealed another deal, this time with sports wear giant, Nike.
NFF sign deal with Nike
The NFF has signed a deal with sports wear giant Nike which will see them kitting Nigeria football national teams till 2018 or beyond
Pulse Sports yesterday, Wednesday, , now the NFF media team have confirmed that it has happened.
An NFF team led by President Amaju Pinnick signied the contract with Nike at the Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews, London just about an hour ago.
Alongside Pinnick at the signing were Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, High Chief Emeka Inyama (chairman of NFF Marketing Committee), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau (Member of the NFF Executive Committee), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi (NFF General Secretary), Mr. Ademola Olajire (Assistant Director, Communications) and Barrister Okey Obi (Chief Legal Officer).
Nike was represented by Tina Salminen, the company’s Africa Football Sports Marketing Director.
The new deal will see Nike designing and developing football kits for the men’s and women’s national football teams from May 1, 2015, until at least 2018 after Adidas decided not renew their contract with the NFF.
Nike will design performance and training apparel, and equipment, including team kits and footballs, for the Nigerian national football team players at every level of the game.
The Nigeria under-20 men’s team will be the first team to don the new Nike kit at the under-20 football tournament to be hosted in New Zealand from Sunday, May 31.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Pinnick expressed confidence that the new deal with Nike will open more doors for Nigeria football.
“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," Pinnick is quoted to say on the NFF website.
“The NFF is happy to come into partnership with a leading global brand like NIKE. We are in good company.”
This will be Nike's second stint as the kit makers of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Nike's first partnership with the NFF was between 1994 and 2003.
During that time, the Dream Team won a first-ever Olympics football gold in 1996 and reached the second round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation and are also kit makers of some of the world's top footballing side.
Five-time world champions Brazil, France, England, Netherlands Portugal are some of the countries in Nike's roasters.
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