Greetings Africa. Have you seen the new Nigerian jersey for the Russia 2018 World Cup? The jersey has been making rounds on social media with many Nigerians and the rest of the world nodding in approval.

The jersey was revealed in London by sports manufacturers Nike. Super Eagles players Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho were among the first to see the 2018 Nigerian Football collection. In a 1 minute 20 seconds Nike video posted on YouTube, the reaction of the four players was instant. Mikel said “I can see the players going crazy over this one,” referring to the home shirt which is dark green.

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According to Nike, the home kit pays subtle homage to Nigeria’s ’94 shirt, worn by Nigeria’s first team to qualify. 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.

With five months left to the World Cup, Nigeria is eager to stamp its presence in the tournament. In 2010 and 2014, Nigeria wore Adidas jersey. The reaction of people on the internet to the Nigerian kit has been overwhelming, with some citizens from other countries already declaring support for the Super Eagles.

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Super Eagle’s captain John Obi Mikel wearing the away kit of the new jersey designed by Nike. Photo: Twitter/HeidiBurgett

Nigeria will be appearing for the sixth time in the World Cup. For a side that has most of its players under the age of 25, there is hope that the team would go far in the tournament. On March 23, the Super Eagles will wear the new jerseys as they play against Poland in a pre-World Cup friendly match.

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So far, the Nigerian jersey has been ranked the best of the 20 jerseys that have been launched. The World Cup kit will be released in June.

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The off-pitch collection of the kit has also been hailed as being retro and cool. Photo: Twitter/HeidiBurgett