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Published On: Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Adidas threatens to sue NFF

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By Albert Akota

Sportswear manufacturing giants, Adidas has threatened to sue the Nigeria Football Federation should any of Nigeria’s national team wear Adidas kits effective from January, 2015.

President of NFF, Amaju Pinnick confirmed this in a chat with Prompt News in Abuja.

According to him, the German kit suppliers, Adidas has written formally to terminate the kitting contract by the end of December, 2014.

He said to avoid being taken to court; all national teams would cease to use Adidas kits and equipment once the contract runs out this month.

Pinnick allayed the fears that the Federation could face ‘kitting crisis’ saying he was working round the clock to ensure that another sportswear manufacturers come on board soon.

He however noted that the leadership may not get a better deal because of the current crisis bedeviling the Federation.

The NFF president described the issue of minority report released by the Appeals Committee headed by Okey Ajunwa, as diversionary.

He however assured that it would not stop him from forging ahead to take Nigerian football to greater height.

It is believed that the inability of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations holding in Equatorial Guinea may be one of the reasons why kits suppliers are pulling out.

Adidas supplies kits and equipment to all the national teams worth over seven billion Euro and about 850, 000 Euro annual grants to the NFF.

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