BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
When last week the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup kit was officially unveiled in London by the manufacturers, there were two easily noticeable facts. First, there was a shift from dark colour as the home strip and the lighter shade for the away.
Under the new dispensation, www.sportsvillagesquare.com observes that the olive green, which was the original shade of green that the Nigerian first national team wore in 1949 has returned as the team’s colour, but this time, as the away strip.
In the past, the white shirt had been the away shirt. The home strip which paid a subtle homage to the Super Eagles’ Class of 1994 is a multi coloured, but largely green and white apparel over white shorts and green hoses. The shirt’s sleeve is in patterned black and white.
A top member of the Nigeria Football Federation explained to Sports Village Square over the weekend that federation opted to drop the white shirt as it often brought ill luck to the Nigerian team.
Easily recalled was the loss to Cameroon in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations final match in which the Nigerian team wore white shirts as they did in the 1990 final match which the Super Eagles lost to Algeria in Algiers.
Nigeria will be the away team in the Russia 2018 Group D opening match with Croatia in Kaliningrad. For quality television visual, the Super Eagles as the designated away side, would be compelled to put on the away strip should Croatia opt to play in solid red shirts
There was a mild drama at the pre match meeting of the 2011 FIFA U-21 quarter-finals in Colombia when FIFA ruled that Nigeria should wear the away white shirts for clear television recording as the designated home team, France put on blue shirts.
A Nigerian official protested vehemently to no avail. The Flying Eagles lost the quarter finals duel 2-3 to France after extra time. A current member of the NFF board explained to Sports Village Square that the federation had to ingenuously avoid the white away shirt to abate the perceived ill luck it brought to the country.