Sportswear manufacturing giants NIKE
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon however commended the sportswear giants at the NIKE UK office in London where he, alongside the NFF President Mr Amaju Pinnick and 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko attended a pre-viewing and development strategy meeting with the sportswear manufacturers to take a final decision on the proposed National Teams’ new kits and apparel design due to be unveiled by summer 2020 for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I must commend NIKE for adding Nigeria’s women’s national teams in the bonuses to your new contract signed with the NFF in November 2018 as well as the general improved terms of the contract which shows NIKE’s huge interest and belief in the Nigeria market.
“I am also impressed with Nike for the opportunity to pre- view the options made available to us to choose from. It is the 2nd time Nigerians are being brought to the table to be part of the designs selection before the production of jerseys for our national teams.
“This has given us a sense of belonging and participation as Nigerians are very passionate about their national colours.
“On behalf of the federal government of Nigeria, we thank you for your partnership and support to the NFF. We will work to sustain and support it because of its benefits to our football and indeed our people.”
Barrister Dalung also urged the sportswear manufacturers to make the jerseys available and accessible to Nigerians through mapped out outlets across the country and beyond and assured NIKE of all the support needed.
In his remarks, the NFF President Mr Amaju Pinnick assured NIKE that the NFF will strive to protect their partnership by keeping to the terms of their contract.
He commended Nike as he hoped for a more robust partnership to project Nigeria at the 2020 Olympics and beyond.
“The success of the last jerseys produced by NIKE took the government and Nigerians by storm and they are all interested in the quality and grade of the next one hence, our insistence that the Minister of Sports must be here to superintend over our choice of jerseys for the national teams for the 2020 Olympic Games and report back to the government.”
The Sports Marketing Director African Football, NIKE, Tina Salminen thanked the Nigerian delegation for their cooperation while promising to build a strong craft that will reflect the youthful culture of Nigerians in the production of the sports wears.