The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have accused their major sponsors, Globacom Nigeria Limited, of backtracking on their contractual terms by refusing to remit nearly two years of sponsorship fee.
A top member of the football family ExCo, who does not want his name in print, said the Nigerian company had paid only half of the actual annual sponsorship fee of N350 million (over $2m), while it has not paid anything whatsoever this year; as it continues using the national team to promote its product.
“In a World Cup year, we need all the monies we can muster but Globacom have not been forthcoming and the always use our national teams to promote their products and refuse to pay the owners of the properties, that is unfair and we are compelled to go to the press over this matter,” the official disclosed angrily.
Were it not for the Federal Government and other sponsors, the Super Eagles major sponsors would have derailed NFF’s plans for Brazil 2014, added the anonymous official- while also intimating the company has failed to respond to several letters it sent to them.
“We cannot go begging every time when we know that it’s our due and they have been benefiting. If it continues like this we may have to renew our relationship with Glo,” the official said.