If the Russia World Cup is all about fashion, Nigeria will lift the trophy before even kicking a ball.
The Nigeria national football team might be ranked 48th in the FIFA rankings, but have turned themselves into the biggest attraction at the 2018 FIFA World Cup because of their unique and extremely appealing football kits. Their two-tone green, chevron-patterned playing kits caught the attention of all of the qualified footballing nations, and the word that Nigeria turned up with the most fashionable World Cup kits spread like wildfire. We look at the several reasons why Nigeria’s World Cup outfit is the most trending on social media.
Nigeria’s home-kit sold out 30 minutes after release
Nigeria may not be the favourites to win the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, but they seem to have won fans all over the world with their new dapper kits meant to be worn in Russia.
Ahead of the release of their official kits, which are made by Nike, three million people had pre-ordered replica shirts, according to the Nigeria Football Federation. As was evident from numerous of Tweets and reports, shoppers floored by the new design had queued outside Nike’s flagship store in London to try to get their hands on the clothing.
The makers described the home kit as a “subtle homage to Nigeria’s ’94 shirt, with its eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeve and green torso”. And what was the result? The home and away shirts, priced at £64.95, were sold out on Nike’s website as soon as they were released.
Nigerian tradition captured in ‘travelling attire’
While Nike-made Nigerian football kit broke all the pre-order records with an impressive three million units purchased, people had no idea that it was just the beginning. The Nigerian team boarded on the flight to Russia, dressed in flashy travel outfits for the World Cup, and had it been for sale too, people would have witnessed another sell-out.
While the majority of World Cup teams jetted to Russia in their designer suits, Nigeria’s stunning travel outfits caught the attention of people from all over the world, as it boasted of the Nigerian tradition, with a pinch of (more than a pinch) pomp and swagger.
Players including Nigeria football captain John Obi Mikel were proudly snapped in their traditional knee-length attire, which looked complete with matching hats and slip-on shoes.
Who else can rock a floral motif on their tracksuit?
While Nigeria fared the best in their home-kit and travel-kit, they upped the ante ahead of the tournament kick-off with some visually stunning additions to their wardrobes. Rocking a floral motif on the team’s travel tracksuit is not something that every team can even think of doing, and for the very same reason, their tracksuit has caught the eye of even the opposition players. The off-field kit alone should be enough for most people to shift their loyalties in favour of the Super Eagles, and cheer for them as Nigeria fights to progress as far as possible in the tournament, which even looks possible if we look at their matchups in Group D.
If the Russia World Cup is all about fashion, Nigeria will lift the trophy before even kicking a ball. Along with their playing kits, the team’s tracksuit also caught the attention of the footballing world with their unique off-field tracksuits. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the team’s World Cup jersey has been the most talked-about in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with many rating it as the best.
The Nigeria football team will come up against Argentina in their Group D, and the other two teams comprise of 22nd ranked Iceland and an ageing 20th ranked Croatian team.