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Nigeria Extends Adidas Deal

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Nigeria has extended until 2014 and significantly ramped up their partnership deal with Adidas to a total value of over 10 million euros (about N2 billion), according to Tide Sports’ source.

This represents a massive increase from the $300 000 (about 200 000 euros) deal of the existing contract, which is due to expire in 2010.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chiefs led by President Sani Lulu Abdullahi, were at Adidas headquarters some two months ago to negotiate and sign an extension.

The deal was signed and sealed even before the Super Eagles qualified for next year’s World Cup in South Africa.

However, the new contract will only start from 2011.

Under the previous deal signed in 2007 by the current NFF administration, Nigeria were paid $300 000 as rights fee, with an equivalent amount in product supplies, according to an official of the Glass House.

This was an improvement in the original deal signed by the Ibrahim Galdaima-led NFA in 2004 and worth $200 000, when Adidas beat off competition from Danish kit makers Hummel to take over from Nike as the Nigeria national team sponsors.

Under the terms of the current contract, the NFF will get 3711 197.50 euros in cash as Rights Fee. Product supplies will total 6400 000 euros for a total of 10111 197.50 euros (about N2,222,223.10).

According to the terms of the contract, those commitments exclude a 10 per cent royalty fee due to the NFF on annual net sales of branded Adidas/NFF products.

It also excludes supplies for the promotion of football games in Nigeria and a yet undisclosed qualification bonuses to all national teams when they qualify for major competitions.

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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