NFF Yet To Receive N250m From Official Partners

NFF Yet To Receive N250m From Official Partners

By Joel Ajayi

Nigeria Football Federation, NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sannusi has said it is yet to receive N250 million from the official communications partners of the Super Eagles, MTN.

The MTN sponsorship deal of the Eagles is 500 million naira a year as reported during the official unveiling in Lagos last year which was graciously attended by stakeholders and officials including the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.

Earlier, Sanusi had told lawmakers the federation is yet to be paid more than half of their projected income from sponsorship and grants. He had said the much-advertised new telecommunications partners of the Super Eagles MTN, the Eagles kit sponsors Nike as well as the Confederation of African Football, CAF, are all yet to pay the football federation.

He said the NFF is due to receive 450 million Naira from MTN, 330 million Naira from Nike and 103 million Naira from CAF, adding that some other sponsors have only paid part of their commitment to the NFF.

According to him, CAC Motors have paid 25 Million Naira from a deal of 102 Million Naira, Revolution Plus Properties have paid 30 Million Naira of a 60 Million Naira package, Air Peace has redeemed 100 Million Naira out of 150 Million, while headline sponsors of the Super Eagles Aiteo is far behind on a 1.4 Billion Naira agreement as it has only paid up 432 Million Naira.

Other sponsors still indebted to the NFF are Peak Milk, Baba Ijebu, Cadbury and Simba, as the NFF has received full payment from Dettol (50 Million Naira), Nigerian Breweries (450 Million Naira), Brila FM (1 Million Naira), Coca-Cola (280 Million Naira) and FIFA (206 Million Naira).

Sanusi claimed they have so have received about 1.9 Billion Naira from such sources, while 2.1 Billion Naira is outstanding.

All this is coming only Sports enthusiasts have however called on the government and relevant agencies to ensure these sponsorship monies are put to the use they are meant for alone. A cross section of enthusiast who spoke to this newspaper expressed joy in the sponsorship, but were united in their call for proper checks to ensure these monies are not frittered away.