The Athletics Federation of Nigeria ( AFN ),will be sued by German sportswear manufacturing company ,PUMA according to the PUNCH NEWSPAPER .
On Wednesday ,the sports wears manufacturing giant officially terminated the sponsorship contract with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. scandal that has pitched the AFN officials against Nigeria’s ministry of youth and sports due to the $2.7 millon kits sponsorship.
There has been a scandal that has pitched the AFN officials against Nigeria’s ministry of youth and sports due to the $2.7 millon kits sponsorship.
Former President of AFN Shehu Gusau had reportedly entered into the contract with Puma at Doha in 2019, a development that led to crisis in the AFN.
The Nigerian ministry of youth and sports development had said athletes will not use Puma kits at the Olympics as the ministry is not privy to the contract with Puma before the Olympics started .
The Ministry accused Mr Gusau and former technical director of AFN, Sunday Adeleye, of refusing to disclose the contractual agreement they signed with Puma on behalf of AFN.
According to the PUNCH, PUMA officials have contacted the officials of Gusau-led AFN informing them of an intention to sue.
The sports ministry would be made a party to the suit because they issued a memo granting AFN permission to seek sponsorship the reports 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.The AFN First Vice President, Sunday Adeleye, confirmed this while appearing on Arise TV as quoted by the PUNCH .
“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.”
He concluded ,“Our AFN has been barred from using facility in the stadium and we needed to run the activities of the association. We have a store and office that we run. The constitution didn’t say our office should be in the stadium.”
The he Department of State Services(DSS) cleared Gusau and his vice president Sunday Adeleye over corruption allegations levelled against him by the sports ministry last year .