.He Has No Authority Over Tournament, Says MTN
There are strong indications that Prince Ifeanyi Dike, the originator and organiser of the Traders Cup football tournament in Nigeria, will soon drag telecommunication giants, MTN to court over what he described as double standard and violation of his title ownership rights.
Although, Officials of MTN have jettisoned the claims, but Prince Dike, an astute TV broadcaster and entertainment showman, told eyeonthesports.com on Wednesday that he has no choice than to institute a legal action against MTN for infringing on his rights as the authentic title owner of the Traders Cup tournament in the country.
Dike said he got wind of a parallel Traders Cup tournament staged in Aba via a text message sent by MTN to its subscribers that the 2013 Aba Traders Cup tournament kicked off on Saturday, 14 September.
The message reads; “Y’ello! The MTN Aba Traders Cup Tournament kicks off Saturday, Sept. 14th at BTC, Aba by 3pm. Be part of the excitement, get freebies and win fantastic prizes!”
Dike, who anchors the popular TV magazine show; Viewers’ Delight on Nigeria Television Authority, NTA Channel 10, Lagos, said he was shocked to hear that MTN has partnered with another group to stage a parallel Traders Cup in Aba, Abia State.
Speaking on his plan with eyeonthesports.com, Dike said: “I have made up my mind to take MTN to court because the company has gone ahead to stage the Traders Cup without my consent.
“As the creator of the title; Traders Cup, I did not delegate any company or group to organise the competition on my behalf. The fact that our own sponsor, MTN announced the staging of the same competition in Aba came as a rude shock to me. And, it’s an infringement on my ownership rights of the tournament title”.
Meanwhile, the telecommunication giants, MTN, has responded to Dike’s claims through the Public Relations and Protocol Manager, Corporate Services Division of the company, Mr. Funsho Aina.
Aina told eyeonthesports.com that MTN does not owe Dike any explanation over the Aba Traders Cup tournament held in Abia State.
Aina said: “In response to the claims by the gentleman whom you said accused MTN of unlawfully leveraging ‘Traders’ Cup,’ his supposed property, we wish to state the following: ‘We do not have any business with the man. Our partner is the Football Association, which is the organiser and owner of the Traders Cup property”.
Aina added that; “As a result, no individual has the sole right to make any claims on the ‘Aba Traders’ Cup,’ especially without the permission of the FA. Also, for the avoidance of any doubt, the ‘Aba Traders Cup’ is what we are leveraging on, and not ‘Traders Cup’ as claimed by him, and if for any reason, the man has any grouse, he should direct it to the FA, and not MTN”.