Nigeria may be going to play in England in a friendly football match at Wembley. But it is their eye-catchy kit that has captured the imagination of the public. On the selling of 3 million t-shirts, those were the pre-order replica.
On Friday morning throngs of shoppers queued outside of Nike’s flagship store to get their hands on the top. Both the home and away t-shirts, priced at £64.95, reportedly sold out online within three minutes.
The kit sports a feathered pattern in homage to the Nigerian team which made its World Cup debut in 1994.
Finishing top of a group is including Argentina and Bulgaria. “Naija”, as the team known, bowed out in the round of 16 in heartbreaking fashion.
The demand for releasing t-shirts resulted in copycat in Lagos markets last week.“Right now in Nigeria, the jersey is one of the best and I am happy selling it,” one market trader in the capital told the BBC. “Nike has not started selling, that’s for sure.
“But it's not a top-notch quality like the one you can get from the Nike shop. When you know the prices also you cannot compare with it.”
The country is expecting t-shirts with its eagle wings also includes other colors as white and black. It will help propel them to victory in their third consecutive World Cup.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi were among the players who modeled the kit. In February it was the first unveiled beside the away of t-shirts. It’s a “cool, refined vision” of the classic full-green strip as the promotional photos.
The makers said it was a long-standing symbol of a nation. And that could boast of having the world most expressive team ever.
Nigeria will wear their new t-shirts on Saturday in their World Cup. It will help to a warm-up game against England, who is expecting to clock up a comfortable as their victory.
However, with the other Premier League stars going to represent the West African nation. And it's going to including Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Chelsea’s Victor Moses. The hosts will have to keep their eye on the ball and going to off their opponents’ kit.