Images of the shirt were released earlier this year around February at the fanfare lunch, but it’s only available now, two weeks before the tournament starts, that they have gone on sale to the public, and the response was instant, completely sold out within minutes.
The timing of the release was also significant contributor to the anticipation and rush for the kit, Nigeria plays England at Wembley stadium tomorrow and historically, it’s always a tight game and a game of bragging right for most players and fans.
The Nigerian jersey was voted the best jersey out of the 32 nations participating in this year’s world cup which is probably why the anticipation was high.
In a poll conducted by Sky Sports, the Nigerian shirt garnered over 40,000 votes to beat world champions Germany to second place with 21,000 votes.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nike who are their official kits sponsor unveiled the official 2018 World Cup kits for the Super Eagles in London on February 7, 2018 to much fanfare but was not made available to the public until today.
Fans on Twitter also complained that just a few hours after release the online store had a message reading: “The product you are looking for is no longer available.” The kits are completely sold out worldwide.
This user posted the picture of the queue at the Nike store in central London
The home kit pays subtle homage to Nigeria’s ‘94 shirt, worn by Nigeria’s first team to the world cup and It carries a familiar badge modelled after the 1996 gold medal-winning Dream Team while honouring the 1994 shirt won by the national team.
Those combination makes the kit unique and beautiful, it invokes emotions and a reminder of the good days of the Nation Nigeria and kind of offers hope for the future that perhaps maybe glory day can still return to the troubled African giant.
Nike’s Football Design Director, Dan Farron said in designing Nigeria’s kit, the goal was to tap into the attitude of the nation while keeping in mind the full identities of players.
Don’t worry too much guys if you can’t get them now they will be available from the street vendors on the corners of Lagos soon, if not there already.