The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) unveiled the new uniforms designed by adidas, that will be worn by the Super Eagles at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil in Abuja on Thursday with Chigozie Agbim, Ejike Uzoenyi and Abubakar Shehu modelling the new strips.
But this new jersey is not part of the seven featured on adidas’ official website. The seven countries (excluding Nigeria) that will wear adidas strips in Brazil are Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Germany.
Their jerseys were advertised showing material, emblem and other characteristics of the new jerseys to be worn by these countries in Brazil. According to adidas, Germany’s away kit is a statement that reflects the unconventional attitude of Germany’s youth. The new Nike France home shirt features a new 1958 crest which reflects players’ feedback of wanting to ‘feel the history of our country’.
The ceremony to unveil the Nigerian jersey was tacky at best showing a lack of compliance to world-class standards. The event itself was not well attended and it would have been better if the event had taken place next week in the USA with the team, with their better-known faces present, about to take on Mexico in an international friendly match.
In the new deal with adidas that kicked off in 2011, the NFF will get about N2billion. And according to the terms of the contract, these commitments exclude a 10 per cent royalty fee due to the NFF on annual net sales of branded Adidas/NFF products. But these branded articles are currently unavailable on the adidas online stores.
I also checked some other countries as to how they recently unveiled their new jerseys.
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Argentina unveil their new jersey with Angel Di Maria and Erik Lamela
There is no basis for comparison between what was done in Abuja today and what applies in the rest of the world. Are we not part of the comity of nations? Why should we do things that do not show us in good light? We just must do things better.
Posted by Xclusiv Gentleman @tayo_taiwo