BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Nigeria’s contribution to World Cup fashion will be on parade next month in London when leading kit manufacturers, Nike formally unveils the Super Eagles’ kit to the Russia World Cup will be unveiled. The unveiling will be on February 7.
The World Cup 2018 will be the third time that the Super Eagles will be in Nike kit. The first time the team put on Nike kit was at the France 1998 World Cup while the second was at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.
Nigeria put on the strip at the Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana in 2000.
The 1998 Nigerian home kit
The 1998 Nigerian away kit
The France 1998 Super Eagles kit was first worn on April 22, 1998 in a friendly match with Germany in Cologne. The home kit was in green with white shoulder stripe outlined with darker shade of green. The away variation was largely white with light and dark green stripes.
The away shirt was first won by Nigeria on October 4, 1998 when Nigeria faced Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou in the qualifying duel for the 2000 Africa Nations Cup originally meant for Zambia before the rights were revoked.
The Nigerian team line up in the June 2, 2002 match with Argentina. Nigeria last wore this shirt in the June 12, 2002 match with England.
The Nigerian team line up in the June 7, 2002 match with Sweden.
The April 1998 Super Eagles kit was replaced on April 17, 2002 when Nigeria faced Scotland in a pre World Cup friendly match in Aberdeen.
This time, the shade of green was different from what the Nigerian team had been used to since January 1, 1960 that Nigeria first wore green shirts during a Rome 1960 Olympic Games qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt.
This time, it was lemon green for the home strip. The kit featured Dri-Fit technology to keep players drier and cooler during play. That was achieved by drawing sweat away from the body to the fabric’s surface for fast drying.
There was also an ergonomic mesh on the back to allow the body continue to breathe and cool itself. The kit was last worn on June 12, 2002 when the Super Eagles played goalless draw with England in Osaka, Japan.
The shirt worn by Nigeria in the November 2017 matches with Algeria and Argentina.
Since the return of Nike in 2015 as Nigeria’s kit supplier, there had been many variations of kits supplied. The latest was the one the Super Eagles wore on their last match day for the Russia 2018 qualifying series.
The same shirt was worn in the 4-2 defeat of Argentina at Krasnodar last November. It had a darker shade of green on the shoulder and the sleeve.