US kit makers, Nike, has unveiled the 2018 FIFA World Cup kits for the national team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles, today, in London.
The kits were modelled by Premier League based trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and former Chelsea player, and captain of the side, John Mikel Obi.
“With Nigeria, we wanted to tap into the attitude of the nation,” Dan Farron, Nike Football Design Director, said. “We built this kit and collection based on the players’ full identities.”
The away kit is a refined vision of a classic Nigeria full-green strip, while the home kit is a tribute to kits worn by Nigeria in 1994, with its eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeve and green torso.
“A constant in Nigeria is an endearing love of football,” Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation, said. “When football is on, everything stops. The new Nike kit designs honor our federation’s rich traditions. Moreover, they celebrate everything we relish about our culture.”
Meanwhile, in their usual way, Nigerians have taken to their social media accounts to express their satisfaction, excitement, and of course, disappointment with the newly released kits.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Since I was born and now I am getting old, I’ve never seen a Nigerian jersey as beautiful as this…
Biko have you seen it??? pic.twitter.com/fgzEeMgo1G
— Elvis Tunde ⚓ (@Tunnyking) February 7, 2018
— ?KING OF LAGOS(MFR) (@Derek74399105) February 7, 2018
Nigeria’s kit for this summer’s World Cup in Russia ????
The swag tho ? pic.twitter.com/yu1iys9OU2
— DaddyYoPierre ??? (@officialdaddymo) February 7, 2018
Small thought and deliberate intent to deliver a quality product.
See the outcome.
See the outcome. https://t.co/JT3EjeFJHD
— David_Atta (@the_davidatta) February 7, 2018
Wizkid and Alex Iwobi posing while wearing the new Super Eagles kits. The kits are lit. pic.twitter.com/Azcg359Te9
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) February 7, 2018
The Super Eagles are gonna look super fly in Russia. ??
What do you think of Nigeria’s World Cup kits? ?? pic.twitter.com/lNYSFytLCz
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 7, 2018
The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s new kits are absolutely adorable. pic.twitter.com/290t3LeEGp
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) February 7, 2018
Now this is deserving of a World Cup jersey for the Super Eagles ? pic.twitter.com/FoyRmXAXxi
— Davidson™ (@Dahveydson) February 7, 2018
The New Super Eagles Kit is an Inspiration from the 1994 kits.
— Summer Wave Culture ?? (@SWaveCulture) February 7, 2018
The new Super eagles kit. Damn it ?
Nike ? pic.twitter.com/1g2Jkqiy6n
— Wole Ojo ? ? (@SirWoley) February 7, 2018
The new Super Eagles kit for World Cup 2018 ??? pic.twitter.com/Q8DGNTkDDV
— OneTribeMag™ (@OneTribeMag) February 7, 2018
For the first time in ages the Super Eagles look has transcended just football to mainstream fashion. Our new world cup look, kudos to every one that made this happen, glad someone woke up pic.twitter.com/eTro9pcE2Z
— нoсике (@NNwigene) February 7, 2018
.@nikefootball doing everything to send Scouted Football HQ into meltdown ?
Alex Iwobi (21) launching the gorgeous Super Eagles kit.
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) February 7, 2018
The new Super Eagles kits collection is ????
I can’t wait to get one. #soarsupereagles
— Ajiri ?? (@AjiriOguh) February 7, 2018
New super eagles Jersey is??????????
— Doctore (@ugoh_kelvin) February 7, 2018
When I saw the Super Eagles new kits, I was like…
Wow!! Was it Ebuka’s tailor” made it? ?
— GREAT GRACIOUS (@GreatGracious) February 7, 2018
Ok super eagles gon be at the World Cup in the best kit race. I might need me one of them pic.twitter.com/XkHyy7DTS0
— Caesar (@BlackCaesar86) February 7, 2018
Have you seen The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s new kits? They are absolutely adorable.
— TRENDS OF NIGERIA (@TrendsOfNigeria) February 7, 2018
This new Super Eagles jersey will go with anything. Agbada and Chieftency on my mind. pic.twitter.com/QGka3lndmc
— Red Cap Chief (@Henrikachi) February 7, 2018
That Naija world cup jersey looks fireeee.
— O O (@otoiks) February 7, 2018
Well, not everyone is happy with what Nike has produced, as these tweets indicate.
Not sure I like the Super Eagles jersey to Russia 2018. I fact i don’t like it!!
— Charles Anazodo (@chaplinez70) February 7, 2018
— awöniran taiwö♥ (@tee_theguy) February 7, 2018