Super Eagles players John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have been unsettled by the recently signed sponsorship deal between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Coca-Cola.
The players have personal sponsorship deals with Coca-Cola’s rivals Pepsi and are worried that new sponsorship deal signed with Coca-Cola could clash with the relationships they have with their sponsors.
A top NFF official has however played down any clash over image rights clash via his chat with ThisDay. In his words, he said: “Yes, we (the NFF officials) have been contacted by the agents of Mikel and Moses on the Coca-Cola deal.”
“They have stated that their clients have deals with another soft drink company. But it’s nothing for Nigerians to get worried over as the matter is being sorted out.
“We have made the initial response and all sides are talking and I believe it won’t cause us any distractions,” stressed the NFF official who refused to be named in print last night.” he added.
The official further stressed that the federation will respect the players’ sponsorship deals. He said: “No, It won’t get to that. We understand the position of the players and their individual image rights. Players are allowed to have personal endorsements on their choice of boots and gloves in the case of goalkeepers but other area such as kits, equipment and accommodation are taken as group right with clubs or the federations.”