The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday announced a new deal with Nike after their deal with Adidas was not renewed.
The American sports brand will design and develop football kits for both the men and women national football teams starting from April 1, 2015 to 2018.
The President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, said the agreement will be a door opener for the federation and he expressed his confidence in the kit brand.
“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,” he said. “The NFF is happy to come into partnership with a leading global brand like Nike. We are in good company.”
He predicted that Nike will restore joyous moments and trophy wins to the teams.
“During those years, Nigeria won a first-ever Olympics football gold (1996) and reached the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup (1998),” he said. “But I have no doubts whatsoever that this second coming of Nike into Nigeria football will bring even more joyous moments with plenty of laurels for the national teams.
“Nigeria football has excellent potential all around and a top global brand like Nike will help to spur the processes that the present NFF administration has put in place to drive our game to the next level.”
The General Manager for Nike, Laurent Payre, also expressed his pleasure.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Nigeria Football Federation, one of Africa’s premier teams,” he said. “The passion for football in Nigeria is renowned and Nike is committed to supporting and advancing the game at all levels through inspiration and innovation for young men and women.”
The new partnership signed will comprise of upplying performance and training kits to all nine of the NFF teams at every level, including the men’s and women’s senior teams, men’s and women’s under-20 teams, men’s and women’s under-17 teams, men’s and women’s Olympic teams, and the men’s beach football team.
The under-20 men’s team, the Flying Eagles will unveil the kit at the U-20 football tournament which will take place in New Zealand from May 31.