Nigeria: NFF’s TV right sponsors to back out
TV rights for the qualifiers are no longer owned by individual member countries as was the case before but by CAF’s sole marketing agents, SportFive.
Following the new marketing arrangements, all of NFF’s sponsors, SuperSport and AIT may back out as they complain that the amount required to purchase the TV rights is “outrageous”
Returns from the sale of these rights will be pooled into a fund and CAF will work out a new formula for sharing it to the various FAs.
Already, Nigerians missed out on the Nigeria-Rwanda qualifier game in Kigali that ended in a virgin tie.
A Nigerian top official has told SportFive that "If it continues like this, Nigerians will be denied the opportunity to watch the country play crucial qualifiers," he said.
The NFF has written to CAF complaining that the new marketing arrangements disfavours the big countries much to the advantage of small countries.