Nigeria releases 2018 World Cup shirts

The Nigeria Football Federation has released the Super Eagles home and away kits for the 2018 World Cup as the Eagles pay homage to their USA 1994 campaign.

The home shirt released in the UK on Wednesday features a bright green-and-white zig-zag pattern spreading across the torso and the contrasting sleeves. Nigeria’s away shirt for the Russia World Cup is more understated and closer in resemblance to their more recent shirts with an all-over dark green design.

The Mail quoted the kit manufacturers Nike as saying they wanted to “tap into the attitude of the nation” with the design and aimed to build the kit based on the identities of the players.

Nike’s Nigeria shirts are part of a collection which features Fast Fit Vapotknit technology to aid the athlete’s performance.

Nigeria’s 2018 kit pays homage to the shirt worn at USA 1994 – the West African nation’s debut on the World Cup stage.

The shirts were launched with the help of Premier League trio Wilfied Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho as well as Nigeria captain and ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi.

Arsenal star Iwobi told Nike’s official website, “I grew up in England, but Nigeria is my homeland. When I scored that goal, the players were dancing, the fans were playing trumpets and bringing drums…there was just so much passion and energy.

“It is always an honour to wear the white and green. To compete this summer is not just our dream; it is also the dream of our fans. Together, we all represent Naija.”

The shirt is founded on the concept of ‘Naija’ – which means future-focused optimism and encourages the new generation of Nigerians to celebrate their country’s rich history and culture.

Super Eagles have been drawn into Group D at the 2018 World Cup in Russia alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Iwobi scored the only goal of the game against Zambia in October as Nigeria became the first African nation to book their place in Russia.

The Nigerians are joined by Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Egypt in flying the flag for Africa at the 2018 World Cup.

 

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