Via Nike News
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?
Nigerian Super Eagles forward Victor Moses announced last week that he has retired from international football. Moses will no longer play for the Super Eagles. Moses had 37 appearances, 13 international goals, 6 assist, and one Africa Cup of Nations winners medal. This includes the 2018 World Cup where Victor scored a penalty kick goal against Argentina in the Group Stage round.
The announcement of Victor retirement may come to a surprise to people especially since is only 27 years old. Moses will continue to play for Chelsea FC in the Premier League.
Here’s Victor full post announcing his decision:
ESPN did a great breakdown on Moses 5 memorable moments as part of the Super Eagles. Click here.
Thank you Victor for representing the green white and green over the years. We will continue to cheer for in the Premier League.
On Tuesday 6/26/18, the dream unfortunately ended for the Super Eagles. All Nigeria needed was a win or tie to advance to the knockout stage. However, a goal in 86th minute by Argentina clinched their spot to the next round. Despite the lost, the future is definitely bright for this Super Eagles squad. One of the youngest teams to compete in this year World Cup will have a lot experience moving forward in future international competitions.
Yesterday, I came across this great documentary that Nike Football entitled “This Is Naija: A Nigerian Football Story”. The short film discusses the Nigeria Super Eagles impact on the country and the overall impact of football on country. Andrew Dosunmu, a Nigeria filmmaker and photographer, who also created “The African Game” documentary, directed this film. I really enjoyed how the film depicts how the team and sports of football impacts the all aspects of society in Nigeria. Here’s the link to the film:
In what some considered a must win match, the Super Eagles got their first victory of the 2018 World Cup. Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0 with both goals from Ahmed Musa.
Check out the highlights here:
The Super Eagles are currently in 2nd place in Group D and are now in position to move into the Knock Out Stage. If Nigeria beats Argentina on Tuesday, they will automatically advance to the next round. However, if Nigeria ties vs Argentina, then we need Iceland vs Croatia to end in a tie as well. Or if Iceland does win & we tie vs Argentina, we need to hope that Iceland does not win by more than 2 goals (goal differential is the first tie breaker in the group stage).
Soar Super Eagles!
The Super Eagles lost their opening match in the 2018 World Cup to Croatia 2-0. One of the goals for Croatia was an own goal by Nigeria and the second goal was due to a penalty against us as well. A tough way to start the tournament, but Nigeria still has a chance to advance if they can take care of business in the final two games. The Super Eagles had 14 shots, but only 2 of those shots were on goal. Check out the highlights below:
The next match will be on Friday 6/22 vs Iceland. Let’s hope for a better showing from our guys.
The new Nike Nigeria Super Eagles jerseys will release to the public on Tuesday May 29, 2018. According to reports, Nike has received over three million order of the new Nigeria jerseys. The jerseys will cost $85 USD at retail and can be ordered online or in store. You can read the full story here.
I think that amount of pre order jersey sales is a great thing because it shows brands that the African community will support great product. The African market gets overlooked compared to the Asia & Latin America markets in terms of emerging markets for brands and companies to do business. Hopefully, these numbers will persuade brands to do more collaborations, partnerships, and/or sponsorships with athletes & teams from the continent of Africa.
I was not aware of this presale, so I hopefully I can get my jersey next week.