Nike today released the World Cup kits for the Super Eagles. Everybody is going crazy about it, and rightly so.
The jerseys were first shown to the team’s key players earlier in the week, in a video uploaded by Nike.
In the video, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are shown giving their verdict on what is a dazzling offering from Nike.
“I can see the players going crazy over this one,” Mikel said when he was shown the national side’s home shirt, in Nigeria’s famous dark green with an eye-catching neon logo.
The away kit, a neon and white retro design on the body, and dark green chevrons on a white background on the arms, received a more muted response. It’s sort of similar to Nigeria’s USA 1994 World Cup jerseys.
“This is different, you know,” Iwobi added, somewhat diplomatically, while Ndidi was a little more enthusiastic, claiming he just “couldn’t wait” to get the kit on in Russia this summer.
“A constant in Nigeria is an endearing love of football,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick, told Nike’s official website. “When football is on, everything stops. The new Nike kit designs honour our federation’s rich traditions. Moreover, they celebrate everything we relish about our culture.”
“With Nigeria, we wanted to tap into the attitude of the nation,” added Dan Farron, Nike Football Design Director. “We built this kit and collection based on the players’ full identities.
“We started to see trends in attitude and energy connecting the athletes to music, fashion and more. They are part of a resoundingly cool culture.”
They will wear the shirts for the first time on March 23 when they face Poland in a friendly in Warsaw.
The response to the unveiling on social media was also very positive.
— adebiyi (@adebiyiaderinto) February 7, 2018
nigeria home kit is cold, between them belgium & germany for best kit at the world cup
— future trunks (@mandizzleb) February 7, 2018
First thing ill be doing on pay day is ordering those Nigeria world cup Jersey, they are actually sexy wow 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Monsurudeen (@Mons7fvo) February 7, 2018
Nike also released some athletic wear to go with the jersey, and they are flames too.