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Globacom Threatens Legal Action Against NFF

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Globacom have denied claims by the Nigeria Football Federation that they have defaulted in the payment of their sponsorship fees for the year, and have threatened legal action against the Glass House.

On Sunday, Idris Adama, the NFF’s Head of Marketing, told Tidesports’ source that the telecommunications company, who sponsor all the national teams to the tune of N150 million, were eleven months behind in their payment for 2009.

But Omodele Sarafa-Yusuf, the company’s Head of Sponsored Assets, described the statement as ‘a cheap lie calculated at diminishing Globacom’s investment in the nation’s football.’

Sarafa-Yusuf, in a statement on Tuesday, said: “Globacom has adhered strictly to the payment terms as specified in Clause 4.1-2 on page 4 of the contract signed in 2004.

“We urge the NFF to carefully study the letters of the section under reference. The clause stipulates that the 90 per cent cash component of the rights fee be paid in two installments at six months interval.”

The statement also reminded the NFF that in adherence to this clause and in response to the NFF demand letter of April 23, 2009, Globacom had through a letter dated May 8, 2009, paid N80 million to the Federation, representing over 50 per cent of the total sponsorship fee remitted through an Equitorial Trust Bank (ETB) cheque Number 00364518.

Furthermore, the company asked the NFF not only to retract the statement, but also to ‘caution the erring officer for the embarrassment caused the company’.

The company went on to catalogue what it described as ‘deliberate and consistent serial breaches of its rights to brand the National Teams’ training jerseys, exclusive branding of ball boys and escorts during National Teams’ matches and sector exclusivity by the federation and its agents’.

The statement said while these breaches have been brought to the attention of successive boards of the NFF since 2006, “we have not received any joy by way of actions to remedy the violations. Instead, agents of rival brands have been encouraged to ambush our rights even when we have fulfilled all obligations to the federation”.

“Globacom is the single highest financial corporate supporter of football at all levels in Nigeria since 2003 with over N6 billion committed to the development of the National teams and the Nigeria Premier League. We therefore find the recent statement from an NFF official to be in bad taste and a calculated falsehood aimed at diminishing our years of investment in football.”

The statement added that the company ‘may seek redress in court if the federation fails to retract the statement.’

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NDDC U-17 Peace Cup To Resume In Uyo

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The long awaited finale of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) U-17 Peace Cup would expectedly resume next week as two qualified teams from the nine states converge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Technical Director of the tournament  Etim Esin in a statement on behalf  of the Local Organising Committee Chairman John Ekpeyong and Secretary Ada Gwegwe yesterday said the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, will declare the tournament open.
It added that the Special Assistant to the President Muhammad Buhari, on Sports Development, Coach Daniel Amokachi, NFF Technical Director Coach Augustine Eguavoen along with football legend Taribo West and other notable Niger Delta-based and foreign scouts will be on ground.
The LOC appreciated the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, for his support towards the conclusion of the tournament, adding that it is better late than never, as the competition will still be among his numerous legacies.
According to the statement, the arrival date for participating teams is 11th of December, while screening of teams and official kick off, will take place the following day.
The statement further called on the Coordinators of the states not to forget the rules of engagement, especially on the age bracket of the players, as the screening will be strict, for the aim of the competition to be achieved.

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FIBA World Cup: Kida Lauds D’Tigers’ Strong Qualifiers Start

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Top basketball administrator and immediate past Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) president, Engr Musa Kida, has congratulated the D’Tigers for starting their 2022 FIBA World Cup on a strong note after picking two victories in three matches.
With five points from a possible six and a superior point difference, the team sits comfortably atop group A ahead of the next round of games coming up by the 27th of June, 2022.
Kida described the team’s performance as inspiring despite peculiar circumstances surrounding the federation’s election as well as FIBA’s stance over Nigeria’s participation at the qualifiers.
“It is really nice to start such important qualifiers on a winning note which is very good for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup. We had to put our administrative differences aside for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“We feel elated and justified that our decision to give FIBA the go ahead to register the team which enabled them participate paid off in the long run as we join hands with all stakeholders to continue growing the game in Nigeria”.
16 teams are vying for the available five spots at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Nigeria grouped alongside Mali, Cape Verde and Uganda.
“The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round of the African Qualifiers and will join three other teams to create two six-team groups with results from the preliminary rounds carried over,” Musa added.

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AWCON Qualifiers: Ebi Targets Revenge Against Ivory Coast

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Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, says the team will go all out for revenge when they clash against Ivory Coast in their final 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers next year.
The qualifying game which will be played on a home and away basis is scheduled for February 13 and 17 with the winners qualifying for the AWCON in Morocco.
The Falcons who will be hoping to defend the title they won at the 2018 in Ghana are eyeing their 10th trophy Morocco but to qualify for the event, they’ll have to go past the Ivorians who knocked them out of contention for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Ebi, who is Nigeria’s current longest-serving player says her aim is to avenge the loss that saw them miss out on the 2020 Olympics at the hands of the Ivorians.
“I can tell you that we still nurse the pain of missing out of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying series,” Ebi said.
“This time, we will repay them in their own coins. Personally, I want to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup, and I know it is the same for my teammates.”
The Falcons are the most successful African women’s team in the world and have won the AWCON a record nine times and will be hoping to get their 10th next year after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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