NIKE Re­ceives Three Mil­lion Or­ders for Ea­gles’ Jer­seys

Ex­plores new con­tract with NFF

THISDAY - - FRIDAY SPORTS -

Amer­i­can sportwear gi­ant, NIKE, yes­ter­day dis­closed that it had re­ceived over three mil­lion or­ders for the new jer­seys de­signed for the Se­nior Na­tional Team of Nige­ria, Su­per Ea­gles, for the 21st FIFA World Cup fi­nals open­ing in Rus­sia in ex­actly four weeks.

At a meet­ing with chief­tains of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion at its Europe head­quar­ters in Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands, the sports­wear be­he­moth also used the op­por­tu­nity to an­nounce that the much-an­tic­i­pated re­lease of the jer­seys into the global mar­ket would hap­pen on Tues­day, 29th May, at unit cost of $85.

Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tiob, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pin­nick at­tended the meet­ing in com­pany with NFF 2nd Vice Pres­i­dent/ LMC Chair­man, Mal­lam Shehu Dikko, who is also Chair­man of the NFF Mar­ket­ing, Spon­sor­ship and TV Rights Com­mit­tee. NIKE’s Vice Pres­i­dent/Gen­eral Man­ager for Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa, Matthus Visch was in com­pany with Sales Di­rec­tor, Mr. Wouter van Olm.

Both or­gan­i­sa­tions used the op­por­tu­nity to ap­praise their run­ning part­ner­ship agree­ment, signed in Lon­don three years ago, and while both ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the con­tract per­for­mance, the im­per­a­tive of pen­ning a new, im­proved con­tract was high on the agenda.

“The meet­ing was at the in­stance of NIKE. The com­pany’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the meet­ing ex­pressed de­light with the per­for­mances of the var­i­ous Na­tional Teams since they came on board and we both agreed that it was time for a much big­ger con­tract. That would be ac­tu­al­ized very soon.

“The new Su­per Ea­gles’ jer­seys will be re­leased into the global mar­ket, in­clud­ing sev­eral NIKE shops across Nige­ria, on 29th May 2018, just be­fore the Ea­gles fly out to Lon­don for the friendly match against Eng­land. The cost would be $85 for one,” Dikko told thenff.com.

In the three years of NIKE’s ini­tial spon­sor­ship agree­ment with the NFF, the U17 Na­tional Team (Golden Ea­glets) have won a fifth FIFA U17 World Cup; the U23 Na­tional Team (Olympic Ea­gles) have won bronze at the Men’s Olympic Foot­ball Tour­na­ment; the Se­nior Women Na­tional Team (Su­per Fal­cons) have won an eighth Women Africa Cup of Na­tions; the Su­per Ea­gles B have achieved a record run­ner-up po­si­tion at the African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship and; the Su­per Ea­gles have qual­i­fied for the Rus­sia 2018 FIFA World Cup (Nige­ria’s sixth ap­pear­ance) from a so-called ‘Group of Death’ in the African se­ries.

“In our dis­cus­sions, we ex­plored a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties go­ing for­ward. We talked about the forth­com­ing FIFA World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia and the prepa­ra­tion of the U20 girls (Fal­conets) for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France, among other issues,” Dikko added.

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