In their first exhibition match in preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo in a few weeks, the Nigerian Men’s National team defeated Team USA 90-87. The victory surprised many throughout the sports world, but if you have been following this squad this outcome should be expected.
As you may know, Dr. Seun Adigun is the only Olympian from the continent of Africa that participated in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. She represented Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympics competing in the 100M Hurdles and was part of the historic Nigerian Women Bobsled team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. As Seun continues to promote participation amongst Nigerian athletes in winter sports, Seun is embarking on a new project. Seun started a philanthropic initiative called Dr. Seun Cares that helps those in need and raise awareness to important global issues.
One of the underrated news stories this month was the announcement that Brooklyn Nets star guard Spencer Dinwiddie is attempting to play for the Nigeria National Team in the upcoming Olympics in 2021. According to reports, Dinwiddie is acquiring a Nigerian passport to play for the D’Tigers. Dinwiddie did not get an invite to play for Team USA Olympic team, so he began to look for other options to make an Olympic appearance. Dinwiddle would be joining the Nigeria team as a naturalized player similar to Serge Ibaka playing for Spain during the 2012 Olympics.
Earlier this week Nike released images of the new 2020 Nigeria Football Olympics Kits. After the success of the 2018 Nigeria World Cup kit, there’s no surprise that we’re getting some new threads for the Olympics. Safe to say Nigeria will have one of the best uniforms in Tokyo this summer. Some unique features about the kit below:
The kit’s pattern was hand drawn and is highly symbolic of Nigerian heritage with nods to nobility and family.
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 jersey and on the back of the socks in a new typeface.
What are your thoughts on these designs? Did they surpass the 2018 World Cup designs?
Last week, the International Olympic Committee confirmed that Seun Adigun is the first African athlete ever to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This is another historical moment that this trailblazer has made in her career. Seun made her first appearance on the Olympic stage during the London 2012 Summer Olympics where she competed for Nigeria in the 100 meters hurdles. This past year as some will remember Seun was the driver of the Nigerian Women Bobsled Team with Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere that became the first African country ever to compete in bobsledding at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Congrats to Seun again for making history again and continuing to inspire everyone throughout the world. Excited to see what Seun does next.