British manufacturer Wades in Team Nigeria’s uniform crisis during the Commonwealth Games
The Nigerian Commonwealth Games squad had to make an SOS call to a British sportswear maker after they were left without uniforms.
Before ordering his 14 employees into action, Gino Ruffinato, manager of the MG Sportswear company, headquartered in a village close to the host city Birmingham, initially believed it was a “wind-up.”
He told the BBC, “As it went on, I started getting emails with orders on them, so at that point, I thought, hang on, I think this is real.”
“There is all the fabric, the print, and the designs to get out in two days. They slapped us with the deadline stating it needed to be there by Friday and today was Tuesday. It was a little bit spooky.
200 pieces of kit, such as jogging vests and shorts, staff tracksuits, and even 400 Nigerian badges, had to be made by his team.
Ruffinato claimed that although there had been “panic stations,” his crew had risen to the occasion.
After offering the necessary assistance, he declared that he will focus on the Games even more.
I’ll be watching the television and see the MG Sportswear brand for a national team, and I still have to pinch myself, the man remarked.