Tianjin Teda of China midfielder, John Mikel Obi has described the Super Eagles’ new kit for this year’s World Cup as ‘truly Nigerian,’ and says he is excited by what he saw during the unveiling.
Mikel was among the Eagles stars to get first hand views of the two designs, home and away kit, which the Nigerian team will don at Russia 2018, and he was quick to note that the new jersey is uniquely Nigerian.
A cross-section of observers also pointed out that the Eagles’ new jersey is a partial return to the jersey worn by the Eagles for their debut at the 1994 World Cup in USA in which late RashidiYekini scored the first goal for the team.
Further citations also revealed that the home shirt 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 kit manufacturers, American company, Nike said 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 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.
Mikel said in a video to herald the Eagles’ Russia 2018 special jersey: “This is Nigerian. I see the players going crazy for this one.”