2015 AFCON Crash: Nike, Umbro, Puma Reject Super Eagles

2015 AFCON Crash: Nike, Umbro, Puma Reject Super Eagles

–NFF set to produce kits in China
By Richard jideaka, Abuja:

Following the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, top kit manufacturers like Nike, Umbro and Puma have turned down contract overtures made to them by the Nigeria Football Federation.


Even Adidas whose kits contract with NFF expires at the end of December 2014 are not showing interest in the plea by the football ruling body to sign a new contract after they gave notice of withdrawal from the kit sponsorship deal.

Complete Sports gathered that NFF’s concerted efforts to placate Adidas to renegotiate a fresh contract has not been fruitful and the other kit sponsors are not forthcoming with a deal.

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Adidas blamed their withdrawal on the players and officials of Super Eagles,especially one of the team’s coaches who breached the contractual agreement during the World Cup in Brazil by wearing kits of rival kits supplier, Nike.

A chieftain of the NFF told the media in Abuja yesterday that the federation has intensified efforts to get Adidas to renege on their withdrawal or get a new kits sponsor but the task has become very difficult because the Eagles failed to qualify for next January’s AFCON.

“NFF is working hard to get a fresh deal with a kit firm. We won’t make their names public until the deal is sealed for fear of Adidas and Nike frustrating them. The truth is that we are discusing with a top, top kit manufacturing firm,’said the NFF official,adding that the federation may face a hard time if the on-going discussion fails to yield a positive fruit.

“The national teams will face kits crisis in 2015 if no deal is reached before the first quarter of next year. It is regrettable that Super Eagles officials and players went ahead to breach the Adidas contract despite several meetings with them.

“Adidas has been one of our best kits suppliers in recent years but the Super Eagles players and officials breached the contract during the world cup. The annoying aspect is that the same Nike they used to slight Adidas eventually rejected us when we approached them for a kit sponsorship deal,”he added.

”They turned us down because we did not qualify for next year’s AFCON in Equatorial Guinea. The chances of Nigeria getting a kit supplier now is very slim considering that we will not be in AFCON’.

The NFF revealed further that the federation are also considering the option of going to China to design and produce kits for our national teams if they failed to tie down a deal before the first quarter of next year.

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  • Saint Palmer 7 years ago

    You people think everyone on here are fools but u re wrong not everybody, you mean a country who play in the 4 of the last world cups, missed only 2 AFCONS in 20 years, Afcon Defending Champion,Not mentioning the past and recent sucess of the various national teams, so just because they missed the next AFCON no kit company wanna take them up ?.please tell us something else and stop being ridiculous, even Country and Clubs with far more worst records and value got more lucrative kit deals than Nigeria, For example Apart from ITALIAN 90 which remains Cameroun`s biggest achievements in world football they re no where near Nigeria`s record from U17,21,to all females age group and PUMA stick with them so how on earth will UMBRO reject Nigeria..?.tell us something else mister..

    • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

      @Saint Palmer

      That is what you get when your Mr. Keshi breached the contract agreement with Adidas. FYI Keshi is the coach adidas is refering to. Keshi breached aggreement/ contract, Keshi failed to qualify Nigeria for AFCON 2015, Keshi lacks intergrity and ethics, and is running a profit making scheme with the super eagles. Yet you always come online to show blind and unwarranted support for a man that started well for Nigeria, but allowed greed and selfishness to make him act against the interest of Nigerian football. Now Nigeria is going in the wrong direction

      FYI Nigeria did not miss 2 AFCONS in 20 years. Nigeria(a country of over 150 million) missed 2 AFCONS in 3 years. That is a disgrace and a disaster of biblical proportions. Nigeria is a team on the decline with a coach that lacks moral intergrity. No serious sponsor in the world or adidas wants to deal with such rubbish. You need to wake up. Have you ever heard where any of these countries you mention have a coach that allows greed for money to make him breach the contract of Nike, Puma or Umbro?