Egypt’s run to the 2018 World Cup in Russia made the wrong headlines last month when their star player Mohammed Salah and the Football Federation had serious disagreement over sponsorship rights and use of image.
The Egyptian FA had naturally used the face of the Liverpool super star to design their official aircraft to Russia 2018 but the player’s agent raised objection as he insisted that the right Salah’s face image had been snapped up by a sponsor.
But as the Egyptian sort their issues out, it has been learnt from an insider in the Nigeria Football Federation that similar issues are indeed creeping into the Super Eagles line up to the World Cup especially with some of the key players.
Our very reliable contact confirmed that the agents of team captain Mikel Obi and Chelsea wing back Victor Moses have hinted the NFF that they were not very comfortable with the huge Coca Cola contract with the NFF over the Eagles as their clients were already hooked up to a rival soft drink on individual capacity before Coca Cola came into the picture.
“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,” he said.
Our checks confirm that the NFF officials have gone sorting out Mikel’s angle because he and his agent have been a lot more understanding on the matter compared to Moses.
Further investigations carried out indicate that even though players are allowed to have personal endorsements on their choice of boots, other area such as kits, equipment and accommodation are taken as group right with clubs or the federations.