The Super Eagles World Cup kit-launch which took place yesterday in London has generated a quantum of positive reactions from both players and fans alike and with the rendezvous in Russia set to kick off in less than 130 days, excitement is brewing high and the magical touch the new clothing bore, brought alongside it a feeling of the successful ages past.
Famous US sporting goods manufacturer, Nike rolled out another of its consummate masterclass with the latest range of leisure wears it produced for the African giants and it had, undoubtedly, most qualities the Nigerian faithfuls would be looking out for from their team when the ball gets rolling in the Eurasian country.
The new outlook had embedded therein, the Nigerian “youthful exuberance, pride and fresh perspective on patriotism” and owed its inspiration to what was described as the ‘Naija spirit’. These ones had the succint features of the country’s past successes and the NFF badge just opposite the Nike’s ✔ had the very likeness of the ’96 gold medal-winning ‘Dream Team’.
The all-green official home jersey has been done away with and what they would now don is a colourfully chequered green-white torso and white-black sleeves to go on white shorts. The away kit carries the full green colour but with a darker tint though.
The unveiling which featured a quartet of Super Eagles players which include Mikel Obi, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho had expressed their delirium with the acquisition and all have positive acclamations on the new kits.
Alex Iwobi specifically picked the opportunity for a memorable reminiscence on his ever-important goal against Zambia which guaranteed Nigeria its participation in Russia. “I grew up in England, but Nigeria is my homeland. When I scored that goal, the players were dancing, the fans were playing trumpets and bringing drums…there was just so much passion and energy,” he said.
“It is always an honor to wear the white and green. To compete this summer is not just our dream, it is also the dream of our fans. Together, we all represent Naija”, he concluded.
At a modest 150/1 odds, Nigeria are not expected in any way to even be breaking the quarter final brass ceiling at the rendezvous in Russia but teams would only underestimate them at their own perils. The stage is almost set, we can feel that excitement on their faces. Judging by these antecedents, perhaps, the only thing they owe us now is a phenomenal showing come June.