While the Super Eagles are rated as No.47 in the world, the Nike jersey they will be sporting in Russia was voted as the snazziest going to the FIFA World Cup.
The Nigerian jersey, in a Sky Sports poll, got 21,200 votes to come in first followed by Germany’s jersey while Australia’s yellow top came in third.
Out of the 32 kits that will be sported in Russia, Adidas will be responsible for 12; Nike for 10; Puma for four; New Balance for two; Errea, Umbro, Uhlsport, and Hummel have one each. This follows the modern kitting trend that is a straight fight between Adidas and Nike and the rest.
On the retro Nigeria jersey, Nike said on their website, “As the Nigerian National Team steps into this summer’s tournament, the world will know they’ve arrived. The federation’s infectious charisma shines through in the flamboyant Nigeria collection.”
|Adidas||Germany, Belgium, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Egypt, Russia, Morocco, Iran, Sweden|
|Nike||Nigeria, Australia, England, France, Brazil, Croatia, Portugal, South Korea, Poland, Saudi Arabia|
|Puma||Serbia, Senegal, Uruguay, Switzerland|
|New Balance||Panama, Costa Rica|
In a throwback to the 1994 Adidas jersey, this new Nike offering is very different from what was readily available. Nike explained the design: “With a culture as vibrant as Nigeria’s, the collection had a lot to live up to.
“The central design theme is an abstract feather pattern inspired by the team’s “Super Eagles” nickname. Last seen during Nigeria’s 1994 appearance on the world stage, the design has been enlivened to capture the energy of the 2018 team.”
The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] recently revealed that Nike had received about three million pre-orders for the new offering, a claim that was subtly countered by the international conglomerate in a Twitter message.
“The jersey has not been released yet, it is scheduled to be available in June. Also, there has not been an option to pre-order the jersey. Stay tuned to our site for updates.”