Judging by the snazzy kit of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the traditional outfit they wore for their trip to Russia on Monday, football fans in Nigeria and across the rest of Africa would gladly predict that Nigeria will be the first African country to win the most coveted cup in world football – The World Cup trophy. But football is not won by fine jerseys won by teams but by shear craftsmanship of players on the field of play.
However, the Nigerian national team have taken their World Cup style to a whole new level as they set off for Russia on a chattered flight and even before the games kick off on Thursday, the Eagles captained by Mikel Obi have already made a name for themselves as a team to watch at this summer’s tournament in Russia, not just for their exciting, fast-paced style of football but for their dress sense too. Initially it was the announcement of their tournament kits that sent football supporters crazy. Now it is their travel attire that has got everybody talking again.
Daily Mail report of the Eagles were set to leave for Russia is that the team nailed it with their kits, and have delivered the goods yet again as they boarded their plane to Russia wearing common traditional Nigerian clothes, Buba and Sokoto’s. From head to toe, the Nigerian squad have indulged in their culture and clearly have no intentions of blending in with the crowd other nations looking to upset the odds in Russia. While sticking to tradition, however, designers of their outfits have also kept faith with the football them by placing football’s on the collars of the white and green outfits.
Nike explained after the kit’s February release that they wanted to ‘tap into the attitude of the nation’, with a brief nod to their World Cup debut at the 1994 tournament in the USA. The demand for the green zig-zagged home shirts was so high, that some were being sold online at a resale price of £300. They will hope their performance in Russia will match their creative ambition in kit designs, though, and will need to improve upon their efforts in warm-up defeats by England and Czech Republic.
They enter the competition as one of the lowest ranked sides, 48th in the FIFA rankings, and third favourites to make it out of their group. They kick off their World Cup campaign against Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday June 16, which will be followed by Iceland in Volgograd and will then complete the group stages when they face Argentina in St Petersburg.