Sportswear giants, Nike, unveiled the new Super Eagles jersey on Wednesday the 5th of February in New York. The Nigerian jersey was unveiled alongside that of the USA and South Korea.
It would be remembered that back in 2018, Nike and the Nigeria Football Federation signed an improved four year contract that would run till 2022 with an option to extend the deal by another four years.
Nike were the official kit sponsors of the Nigerian’s Men National team for the 2018 World Cup.
The jersey was a huge market hit, after it received three million pre-orders and selling out three minutes after it went on sale.
The Eagles will don the latest kit in their upcoming 2021 AFCON and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
This new “Swoosh” design replaces the “Naija” design, which was unveiled ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The “Naija” design was a staggering success as it was globally acclaimed and broke records as 3 million copies were pre-ordered (the largest by an African nation).
The new home kit, according to Nike, “fuses the traditional aesthetic of an agbada robe with modern football design.”
On the home kit, Nigeria’s crest is placed in the center-right on the chest, with Nike’s Swoosh logo under it.
The word “Naija” also appears inside the neck of the jersey and on the back of the socks.
As for the away kit, it was inspired by ‘Onaism,’ which, according to Nike, is “a traditional artistic movement central to Nigerian design and craft.”
The broader collection of the new kit will feature an extensive array of Super Eagles apparel, including a poncho, vest, dress, and more.
The sportswear company had first supplied football kits for the Nigerian national team between 1994 and 2003.
During that period, the Dream Team won a first-ever Olympics football gold medal in 1996 and reached the second round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Fans of the Super Eagles have gone agog on social media after the unveiling of the new Jersey.
Written by Muftaudeen Abdullahi Ishola