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Nike Designs Chaotic New Home Kit for Nigeria – Thick Accent

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The Nigerian national team and Nike have formed an incredible partnership over the years which has resulted in iconic football kits. The sports brand started working with the team as early as 1996 and produced new designs that impressed fans at that time.

But the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) opted to break off this team and switch to Adidas for a 10-year period from 2004 to 2014, a period during which Nigerian kits failed to attract fans due to the basic nature of the designs. Perhaps the lowest point came in 2006 when the Super Eagles home kit was simply a 2006 Germany kit done in green.

Due to these poor results, the winning formula was once again restored in 2015, with Nike once again becoming the primary kit designer for the team. Moreover, three years after the reformation of this partnership, Nike has produced one of the most iconic kits in football history for Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.

The design featured a flamboyant combination of a printed lime green shirt with black and white patterned sleeves.

The three-time AFCON winners again received an eye-catching kit in 2020 that reworked a similar experimental design that also impressed many supporters.

Following these outstanding results, Nigeria and Nike were once again to offer a superior home kit for their matches in the coming year. While Nike has once again decided to adorn the shirt with a flashy print as with the previous two kits, it seems the latest final product hasn’t won the approval of football fans.

According to the leaks, the 2022 Nigeria home kit features a chaotic design that doesn’t seem to adhere to any of the traditional rules of creating a shirt design.

Just like the previous models, Nike has once again opted for a printed pattern combining shades of green, black and white. But while the two old kits had clearly delineated uses of these colors such as black and white for the arm sleeves to contrast the green torso, this new kit is a mix of colors and patterns.

The only traditional designs that appear on the kit are said to be the Nike logo and the NFF badge on either side of the front. The rest of the kit features a variety of designs such as checks, spots, stripes and even some animal cartoons on the sleeves.

While Nike have been heavily praised for pushing the boundaries of kit designs for their past endeavors, it seems like the designer has certainly gone too far with this Nigerian kit. Understandably, this was not well received by supporters who compared the kit’s design to look like the Covid-19 virus graphic.

Although Nigeria failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup, these sets of players remained in the memories of fans thanks to the unique home kit. But as the nation failed to produce an attractive kit and qualify for the upcoming World Cup, the Super Eagles would surely be missed on all fronts in Qatar.