Friday, February 28, 2014

NIGERIA UNVEILS NEW FIFA WORLD CUP KIT BY ADIDAS

Uzoenyi, Shehu & Agbim in the new Nigeria jerseys
A new set of jerseys for Nigeria, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World cup, was unveiled on Thursday by the Nigeria Football Federation in Abuja.

The shirts, designed by German based sport manufacturer giant, Adidas, in dominant lemon green, were unveiled by CHAN trio of Ejike Uzoenyi, Shehu Abdullahi and Chigozie Agbim.
The home jersey had a block of deep green at the sleeves and sides, and white strip at the shoulders. It has two refreshingly different shades of green from the current jersey

The away jersey is white with green stripes and numbered with red. while the goalkeeper shirt is in gold colour with a patch of purple.

According to the NFF President, Aminu Maigari, represented by the First Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh, the football house chose the new colours to strike a balance between the present and future national teams, especially the Super Eagles.
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The NFF defended the new colours insisting it had nothing to do with the colours of one of their partners Globacom.

Meanwhile, Former Super Eagles of Nigeria star and assistant coach of the side, Daniel Amokachi hopes and prays the new kit will bring more glory to the team.

“Our prayer is that the successes we have enjoyed so far continue with this new kit. The jersey reminds us of the playing days of my boss "The Big Boss" in the 80's.

"It has the shade of green they used back then and a touch of the green we used in Atlanta 96.'' he concluded


Ejike Uzoenyi, the CHAN MVP, who was one of the three home based players to model the new kit has this to say concerning the jerseys.

"The jersey is great. It feels light on the skin and it’s top quality," he praised.

"I like its texture and cannot wait to wear it for action next week."
 


The strip which looked similar to the 'lemon' shade Nigeria wore at Korea/ Japan 2002, engendered curiosity as many felt it was not the same colour Nigerians were familiar with.

But NFF Head of Marketing, Idris Adama, said the players made inputs into the design when the team went to Nuremberg, Germany late last year.
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Adama who said about 1,800 of the jerseys have been bought by Nigerians, added the shirts were designed to suit the cold and hot weather in Brazil.

He said the design of 'intense green' connoted Nigeria's peace and diversity and will drive the philosophy of the coach Stephen Keshi to groom a young, vibrant and determined toward  achieving success at the World Cup.
President Jonathan was presented with No 01 shirt, while Vice President Namadi Sambo was handed a shirt with number 2. Senate President David Mark got jersey number 3.

The Super Eagles will wear it next week when they play against Mexico in a friendly match in Atlanta, USA.

 

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