Harambee Stars Captain and Tottenham Hotspurs Midfielder Victor Wanyama has sued Menengai Oil, one of the country’s leading Oil refinery and consumer goods Company for using his image to promote their products without his consent during the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON Period.
Wanyama claimed that the use of his image to promote their products implied that he was endorsing and marketing their products even though he had not been in communication with the company or paid to do so.
Wanyama, in his affidavit claimed that his friends alerted him that Menengai Oil Refineries Company was using his image to market themselves at the time himself, together with the Harambee Stars Team were representing the country in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers in Egypt and that upon logging into social media, he confirmed that it was indeed true.
He also revealed that his club had cut deals with other companies and that his image being on a competitor’s page sprew panic and confusion, damaging and tainting his brand even more.
Wanyama, in his lawsuit filed at the High Court of Kenya further, claimed that his position of influence and mentorship to young people was likely to have had an impact in the Menengai Oil Refineries Products sales leading to increased sales of the products which his image was attached to.
Wanyama is now seeking to be paid for damages for the sales of the products the company sold during the period they have been using his image to drive the sales on their products.
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