A United Kingdom sportswear manufacturer allegedly claimed it rescued Nigeria in a last-minute approach, with the production of kits for Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games.
MG Sportswear, Kidderminster said was approached by a Nigerian official on Tuesday after the team said they were let down by their suppliers.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has, however, declared the claim a fictitious story.
According to the media aide to the Sports Minister, Toyin Ibitoye, “it was most unfortunate that such malicious lies have been going around.”
Ibitoye said some 300 Team Nigeria Kits procured by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development were delivered over two weeks ago and have since been issued to the Nigerian contingent.
Manager Gino Ruffinato said his 14 staff had been working around the clock to get the garments made.
Ruffinato said he initially thought Tuesday’s call from an unnamed Nigerian for the production of kits for Team Nigeria was a “wind-up”.
“As it progressed I started getting emails with orders on, so at that point, I thought, hang on, I think this is serious,” he said.
Ibitoye added, “These kits which are the general kits procured by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as is the practice, have since been issued to the athletes. These include tracksuits, house wear, sneakers, face caps, backpacks, trolley bags, shorts, and ceremonial wear.
“Team Nigeria athletes have since been donning them in Birmingham as was evident at Thursday night’s opening ceremony and other team functions. However, the competition kits for each federation differ. Each federation produces specific competition kits for its athletes.
“The Ministry is aware that federations have their own arrangements with different manufacturers with different delivery times and expectations which is being monitored very closely.
“We hope this clarification helps to put the matter in perspective so that all distractions to Team Nigeria athletes and officials are avoided.”