Nigerians react to new Super Eagles World Cup kit - FCNaija

Super Eagles By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/02/2018

Mixed reactions by Nigerians have trailed Wednesday's Nike launch of the Super Eagles' kit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Alex Iwobi’s 73rd-minute strike on October 7, 2017 made Nigeria Africa’s first qualifier for this summer’s major international tournament. The Eagles' qualification meant Nike - Nigeria's national teams sponsors had to come up with a new kit for the Mundial and they did so in a launch in the UK on Wednesday.

Alex Iwobi, Super Eagles, Nigeria

According to Nike, the home kit pays subtle homage to Nigeria’s ’94 shirt (worn by Nigeria's first team to qualify) with its eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeve and green torso.

"Today, those elements are supercharged through an abstracted feather pattern and hyper colors that extend a power capable of turning heads on and off the pitch."

The pattern extends to Nigeria’s anthem jacket along with pre-match and training apparel. The latter features taping along the shoulders emblazoned with Super Eagles (the endearing nickname for the senior team resonates for all generations), while the jacket sleeve reads “Naija.”

John Obi Mikel, Super Eagles, Nigeria

As a natural contrast to the home kit, the away kit 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,” explains Farron. “Then we recolored the crest to be a single color but lifted it in a really bright green. This gives us a really clean aesthetic.”

While a large percentage of Nigerians have applauded Nike and the NFF for 'a job well done', there are still a few who are of the opinion that Nike Nike should have done better with the design.