Nigeria’s Stunning Kit Designs By Nike For 2018 World Cup Wins Fans Globally
By Yoon Sann Wong, 08 Feb 2018
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Nigeria has unveiled its retro kit designs for the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia later this year, and it looks like the eye-catching jerseys are already winning fans the world over.
21-year-old Arsenal star Alex Iwobi fronts the collection, designed by Nike. The home kit pays tribute to Nigeria’s shirt of 1994, which was donned by its first team to qualify, with the inclusion of eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeves. The torso holds true to tradition with the team’s signature green colors that “turn heads on and off the pitch.” For its away jersey, Nike introduces “a cool, refined vision of a classic Nigeria full-green strip.”
“Overall, the two uniforms form the perfect yin/yang of kits. We counterbalanced the energy of the home with a super-dark deep green away look,” explained Dan Farron, Nike Football Design Director. “[W]e recolored the crest to be a single color but lifted it in a really bright green. This gives us a really clean aesthetic.”
“When I first saw the new kit I was like, ‘Wow, this is sick! I need one now!’” recounted Iwobi.
The apparels also don the word “Naija.” Nike explains, “The word Naija has many uses. As a descriptor, it defines a certain future-focused optimism — one that has catalyzed a new generation of Nigerians to celebrate the nation’s vibrant culture. Use of the word requires attitude, even panache. It isn’t simply a stand-in for Nigeria; instead, Naija reflects a youthful exuberance, pride and fresh perspective on patriotism.”
“To some, Naija translates directly to ‘the new Nigeria.’ With boundless potential and an undoubtedly infectious palpable charisma, the squad begs fandom from anyone — interest in football notwithstanding.”
The recently released kits are already garnering much positive response worldwide, with numerous Twitter users crowning Nigeria as winner of the kit game.
View images of the apparels and applause responses to the design below.
The Nigeria National Team Collection for Naija’s Super Eagles. pic.twitter.com/hSzkk06N4H— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 7, 2018
Nigeria's new kit for the 2018 World Cup might be the best thing I've ever seen.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 7, 2018
Nigeria have the best kit at this year's World Cup, pass it on. pic.twitter.com/bFtG3meVxc— Tobi Oke (@TefTobz) February 7, 2018
This may be the one item you can buy both your auntie and your little cousin that they’ll both get a fit off in. pic.twitter.com/IvRm1BzlbI— Shawn Francis (@TheOffsideRules) February 7, 2018
So, Nigeria's World Cup kits are a little bit tasty as it turns out. pic.twitter.com/ctW7CTNpWX— COPA90 (@COPA90) February 7, 2018
Nigeria deserve to win the World Cup for this shirt alone. pic.twitter.com/8djPzs1pIy— Sam Farley (@FarleyWrites) February 7, 2018
Probably the best kit I've ever seen. I will now be supporting Nigeria at the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/phcbm2ElFO— Tom Brain (@tom_brain) February 7, 2018
Nigeria have won the kit game. This is beautiful. Wow. pic.twitter.com/AbUdVsvcqO— LUKE (@luke16taylor) February 7, 2018
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