Sportswear giants, Nike has unveiled new jerseys for Nigeria’s football teams in New York ahead of the Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations home qualifying encounter against Sierra Leone.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick had hinted of that a new attire for the national team’s World Cup qualifying series will be unveiled by Nike in March.
Following the successful 2018 Nigeria Swoosh Collection, Nike said its designers had 65 chassis options available to them across varying necklines, sleeves, cuffs, badge placement, etc.
The new kit fuses the traditional aesthetic of an agbada with modern football design. The kit’s pattern was hand drawn “and is highly symbolic of Nigeria’s heritage with nods to nobility and family,” according to Nike. Nigeria’s crest is placed centrally on the chest with a Swoosh underneath it.
The player names and numbers integrate the eagle feather into the application. “Naija” appears inside the neck of the jersey and on the back of the socks in a new typeface. Nike said the away kit is inspired by Onaism, a traditional artistic movement central to Nigerian design and craft represented in the trim details.
An eagle feather aesthetic, creatively distorted, continuously repeats in ascending size to create a visual impact. The collar has a slight V overlap with a thicker overlap in the back. Both the collar and the sleeves feature a slight nick at the mid-point. The broader Naija collection will feature an extensive array of Super Eagles apparel including a poncho, vest, dress and more.