PUMA, a sportswear manufacturing company based in Germany, says it will sue Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for breaching the provisions of a $2.76m kits contract.
This was revealed by Sunday Adeleye, AFN’s Vice President, while appearing on Arise Tv on Thursday.
“We are sure that PUMA will go to court on this matter,” Adeleye said. “Their officials have called that they were sending documents from their legal department.”
PUMA’s latest move follows a letter dated Wednesday, August 4, where it communicated its decision to terminate the three-year-old contract with Nigeria.
In July 2019, the AFN, under the leadership of Ibrahim Gusau, had signed a four-year deal with PUMA in Doha, Qatar. As part of the deal, the company was to supply apparel to Nigerian athletes free of charge. In addition, PUMA would award $15,000, $5,000 and $3,000 to Nigerian Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists respectively. However, Nigerian athletes were required to wear PUMA jerseys at the games.
According to the company, Nigeria breached the agreement when its athletes did not wear PUMA jerseys at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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