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Newly-released Super Eagles World Cup kit tops UK paper ranking

Hours after the Nigeria Football Federation and its partner, Nike, on Wednesday unveiled the kit Super Eagles will wear at the 2018 World Cup, British newspaper, Daily Mirror, ranked it top among the 19 kits so far unveiled across the world for the Mundial in Russia this June.

Newly-released Super Eagles World Cup kit tops UK paper ranking

Alex Iwobi in new Super Eagles kit.

That has set Nigerian fans excited! Why? The best Super Eagles kit at a World Cup was worn by the side that impressed the most since Nigeria qualified for its first World Cup in 1994, while the worst performance in Nigeria’s past five appearances was by the side that many fans believed wore the worst jersey.

A coincidence? Or is there correlation between kit quality and team performance?

After a Nigerian journalist, Andrew Randa, posted some designs he thought would be great for the Eagles last year, Nike came under intense pressure to come up with a design that would not just be one of Nike’s traditional designs but one created specifically for the Super Eagles. On Wednesday, Nigerian football fans got the result.

While many on various social media platforms were ecstatic about the new designs, some wondered what part of the Nigerian green-white-green flag was represented in the jerseys.

The Daily Mirror ranked the 19 jerseys already released for the FIFA 2018 World Cup and Nigeria’s asymmetrical design came out tops.

This was against others from England, Russia, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Egypt, Croatia, Brazil, Germany, Peru, Spain, Japan, Belgium, and Colombia. The conclusion was, “And while you’re there, pick up this glorious effort from Nigeria that comes out as a deserving No. 1.

“It’s incredible, frankly, and is bound to turn us all into Super Eagles in the summer.”

Out of the 19 kits already revealed, Nike was responsible for six – Nigeria, England, Brazil, Croatia, Portugal, and France.

SOURCE: Premium Times


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