(By Chris K. Amadi) – Nigerians, who were concerned about the controversies surrounding the reportedly failed $2.76m deal with Puma, a German sportswear manufacturing company on July 24, 2019, in Doha, and for which the company is said to be gearing for a legal action have called for an investigation of the transaction in order to save Nigeria’s image from being dragged further into disrepute.
Speaking with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, sports enthusiasts regretted the increasing number of fraudulent cases involving Nigerians, some of who have been entrusted with important national responsibilities, and called on the Economic nd Financial Crimes Commission and other relevant agencies to save Nigeria from one disgrace too many.
the It would be recalled that Puma, had terminated the four-year contract with Athletics Federation of Nigeria in a letter dated Wednesday, August 4, 2021, and signed by the company’s director Manuel Edlheimb, and sources close to The PUNCH indicated strongly that the German company will sue the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
It was further gathered that the controversies surrounding the contract polarized the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, with both Gusau and Adeleye accused of sidelining other members of the board during the signing of the contract that would expire in 2022.
The PUNCH reports that, part of the contract is that PUMA will supply apparel to all age categories to Nigeria’s Athletics team for four years at no cost, and that gold medalists at the Olympic Games will earn $15,000, silver medalists will get 5,000 while a bronze medal will fetch athletes wearing the PUMA apparel at the games $3,000.
PUMA is angry with Nigeria for breaching clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement on the wearing the kits at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and there were indications that, the sports ministry may be made party to the suit because they granted Athletics Federation of Nigeria permission to seek sponsorship.
While appearing on Arise TV on Thursday, the First Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, confirmed the development.
He said, “The contract is a non-disclosure one. It is between PUMA and AFN with FMYSD’s permission. We warned that this may lead to litigation and wrote to all parties involved, including finance and justice ministries.
“We are sure that PUMA will go to court on this matter. Their officials have called that they are sending documents from their legal department. We wrote the minister on the implications for Nigeria. This won’t make other companies deal with Nigeria.”