FIFA: Majority of fans back more frequent World Cup finals

FIFA says it has fan backing for the much-criticized plan to shift to a biennial World Cup after releasing a summary of the results of an opinion survey of supporters.

The proposals were outlined by FIFA’s head of Global Football Development, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

But they have been met with widespread opposition from within the game.

FIFA’s congress in May voted by a large majority to conduct a feasibility study into the potential of holding the World Cup every two years instead of every four years. FIFA said it used polling company YouGov and that the 15,000 respondents “were identified as expressing an interest in football and the FIFA World Cup, from a broader market research survey involving 23,000 people in 23 countries, across the organization’s six confederations.”

It said the majority of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s World Cup and of those respondents, a majority preferred a biennial competition.

FIFA said in a statement that “there are considerable differences between the so-called traditional markets and the developing football markets” and said that younger fans were more open to change.

The organization said it would publish full details of the survey and added that an expanded survey involving 100,000 people in more than 100 countries was currently underway.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has threatened a European boycott of the World Cup should the plans go ahead against his organization’s wishes.

South American confederation CONMEBOL has also come out against the plan along with the World Leagues Forum which represents the major national leagues.

Players union FIFPRO has said it has concerns about expanded workloads and a lack of consultation.

However, the Asian Football Confederation said it welcomes the consultation process.

CONCACAF, which organizes the game in North and Central America and the Caribbean, says it is studying the plans.

Wenger says that the status quo causes too much disruption and forces players to make too many long trips around the world for qualifiers and friendly matches.

He says his system would streamline the process …

Ahmed Musa’s Goal Nominated For Goal Of The Tournament

World’s football’s governing body, FIFA, have shorlisted Super Eagles star, Ahmed Musa, for the Goal of the Tournament Award at the just concluded 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A total of 169 goals were scored at the 2018 World Cup; but only 18 from that pool were shortlisted for the top award.

Musa who was arguably Nigeria’s best player at the tournament, had his second goal against Iceland in the group stage of the Mundial, alongside 17 others, selected.

The list includes Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal against Spain and Lionel Messi’s goal against Nigeria.

Leading the line are the two goals scored by Russia midfielder, Denis Cheryshev and one from his teammate striker Artem Dzyuba.

The voting for the Best Goal in Russia 2018 will be open until July 23 on FIFA’s official website.
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The other contenders to win the Goal of the Tournament title are below:

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (third goal v Spain);

Nacho, Spain (v Portugal);

Philippe Coutinho, Brazil (v Switzerland);

Dries Mertens, Belgium (v Panama);

Juan Quintero, Colombia (v Japan);

Luka Modric, Croatia (v Argentina);

Ahmed Musa, Nigeria (second goal v Iceland);

Lionel Messi, Argentina (v Nigeria);

Toni Kroos, Germany (v Sweden);

Jesse Lingard, England (v Panama);

Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal (v Iran);

Adnan Januzaj, Belgium (v England);

Angel Di Maria, Argentina (v France);

Benjamin Pavard, France (v Argentina);

Nacer Chadli, Belgium (v Japan).

France are World Champions!

France have emerged World Champions after defeating Croatia 4-2 at the Final of the Russia 2018 World Cup in Moscow on Sunday.

An own goal by Mario Mandzukic gave France a  19-minute lead.

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Antoine Griezmann’s ball-in was superb, left-footed and flat, Varane was close to winning it but instead it was England’s nemesis, Mario Mandzukic, who flicked a header into the top corner of his own net.

On 29th minute Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic, a well deserved goal.

There was a free-kick and was nodded down, it bounced around just inside the area and Perisic then took a composed right-footed touch to bring the ball into his arc and then battered home left-footed, via a slight deflection.

France took the lead on 38 minute through a penalty, thanks to VAR. Griezmann easily converted the kick.

France made it 3-1 after Paul Pogba’s super strike on 59 minutes.

Pogba started it with a brilliant ball forwards into the run of Kylian Mbappe, he carried it downfield, and found Griezmann who then teed up Pogba. His shot was blocked but the ball came back to him, and Pogba clipped home left-footed past an unsighted goalkeeper.

Kylian Mbappe made it 4-1 for France on 65 minutes. With the goal, Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after the great Pele.

Again, Danijel Subasic did not cover himself in glory in the Croatian goal, he took a step to his left and Mbappe drilled into the other corner from about 22 yards.

Mandzukic reduced the tally for Croatia on 69 minutes. Hugo Lloris was to blame. The Spurs keeper got a back-pass, tried to take a touch around Mandzukic and he tackled him and put the ball into an empty net.…

Sampaoli To Quit Argentina

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli will reportedly leave his current post after his side failed to advance to the quarter finals of the World Cup.
The South Americans scored three goals against France on Saturday, but were undone by Les Bleus striker Kylian Mbappe, whose double helped the 1998 champions to a 4-3 victory in Kazan.
According to reports, Sampaoli made the decision after a meeting with Argentine president Chiqui Tapia following Saturday’s defeat.
The report says that assistant coach Sebastian Beccacece will also leave his role, as the country’s FA looks to replenish the coaching setup ahead of the next major tournament.
Argentina scraped through to the last 16 thanks to a late Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria.

Uruguay’s Cavani Has Swollen Calf Not Tear

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has a painful calf swelling but not a muscle tear, the country’s football federation (FCF) said on Monday at Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
The federation said this piece of news has increased the player’s chances of being fit for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match with France.
Cavani scored two brilliant goals against Portugal in Uruguay’s 2-1 last 16 victory on Saturday, before limping off with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Now he is fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod.
A scan showed swelling in Cavani’s left calf muscle but no torn fibres, the FCF said in a statement.
“The player remains in pain. He will continue to do individual work and rehabilitation. His evolution is being monitored. The rest of the squad is fine.”
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Nigeria lost to Argentina through Victor Moses’ wing – Kenneth Omeruo

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo has commented on Nigeria’s exit from the 2018 World Cup.

He said the 2-1 loss to Argentina in their last group game on Tuesday in St. Petersburg was because the Jorge Sampaoli’s men made Victor Moses ineffective.

The Super Eagles were some minutes away from reaching the knockout stage of the tournament with a Victor Moses penalty cancelling out Messi’s opener but Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo volleyed home the winner.

”I felt bad, the team came from a situation losing the first game, the second game we fought well and won the game,” Omeruo explained to TVC Nigeria.

”We knew we needed that last game to seal it up, the support we got after winning the second game was amazing.

”We really wanted to do it especially for our families and for Nigerians but we were unlucky.”

The central defender added, ”They were attacking a lot, they blocked our wing, they knew we were better from the Victor Moses wing because he is one of our best players, they knew this.

”They pressed on us, we defended well until the last four minutes.’

FIFA punishes Maradona for raising middle fingers at Nigerian fans

Diego Maradona will no longer be paid as an ambassador of world soccer governing body, FIFA.

This is following the Argentina legend’s failure to control his emotions during their 2-1 win over Nigeria in the World Cup last Group D game on Tuesday.

The football icon celebrated Marcos Rojo’s winning goal for Argentina by raising his middle finger at fans.

FIFA termed his behaviour as embarrassing and provocative hence he will no longer receive the £10,000 he was receiving from the world soccer governing body, according to OwnGoal.

Maradona also ignored doctors advice not to watch the final minutes of the clash thereby putting his health in danger.

FIFA has also warned him to be of good conduct in the remaining games he will attend at the World Cup.

A possible stadium ban await the former Napoli forward if he acts in same manner like he did against Nigeria.…

Timi Dakolo And Son Pictured With Vikings As Musa Vows To Score Today (Photos)

Singer, Timi Dakolo and his son, Alexander are on outreach winning souls for the Super Eagles with their awesome father son chemistry which came into play when the national team trounced Iceland 2-0 in their second match.

The duo stole a few hearts for the national team including two Vikings fan who posed with the music star despite losing the match.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles hero, Ahmed Musa is basking in confidence to score again for Nigeria ahead of tonight’s crunch clash against Argentina at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.

Super Eagles star, Ahmed Musa became ‘Lionel Musa’ on social media in Argentina last Friday after his two goals against Iceland which not only put Nigerians back on course for a last 16 place, but also restored the World Cup hopes of the South Americans, Reuters reports.

Musa has warned his new-found hero status in Argentina is likely to end abruptly on Tuesday night when the two countries meet in a decisive Group D game in St. Petersburg.

“Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever (Lionel) Messi is playing against me, I score.

“Four years ago, in Brazil when Messi was playing against me, I scored two goals,” said Musa, referring to the 3-2 win for Argentina over Nigeria in a group game in Porto Alegre where Messi also netted twice.

“When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona and Messi was in the pitch too, I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen. Possibly, I’m going to score another two goals.”

Musa’s brace for Leicester came in a pre-season friendly in Stockholm shortly after he had signed for the then English champions from CSKA Moscow in 2016.

The 25-year-old is now the first Nigerian to score at different World Cups and with four goals the country’s all-time record scorer in the finals.

“I’m very good at breaking records and I’m happy now to be the top scorer at the World Cup for Nigeria. It’s not easy but I have

Senegal Fans Tidy Up The Stadium To Celebrate Victory Against Poland

The Senegalese fans have been hailed after cleaning up the stadium 40 minutes after their game against Poland. The fans showed their civil side by cleaning up the stadium joyfully as they celebrated Senegal’s 2-1 win over Poland in their opening game of Russia 2018 World cup. Senegal recorded Africa’s first win at the ongoing tournament.

Coached by Alou Cisse, the captain of the Senegalese side which shocked France 1-0 on their road to the quarter finals of the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, the Teranga Lions of Senegal scored in both half to record an impressive win.

Led by Liverpool’s Saido Mane, the West African country which is the highest ranked African nation in the FIFA rankings opened their World Cup account through an own goal by Brazil-born defender, Thiago Cionek on 37 minutes.

Senegal, in only their second World Cup appearance since their 2002 impressive debut, however, held on to record an impressive win over the shell-shocked Europeans, and will look to take control of Group H when they meet Japan, who earlier recorded a surprise 2-1 win Colombia, on 24 June.

Nigeria Are No Walkover – Messi

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has warned that Nigeria “will be no walkover” at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Albiceleste have defeated the West Africans in all their previous meetings at the tournament, but in November they went down 4-2 to Gernot Rohr’s side in a friendly tie.
They lock horns with the Super Eagles in their last group game at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium after ties with other group D rivals Iceland and Croatia.
And the Barcelona star is certain that the encounter with Gernot Rohr’s side will be a tough one.
“Croatia is a good team with players in the big European leagues and that makes them dangerous,” Messi told the Express.
“We don’t know so much about Nigeria but the African teams are normally compact, tough and strong. So it will be no walkover.”

FIFA Picks Referees For Friday Matches

The referees’ appointment arm of world football governing body FIFA at the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Wednesday released names of officials for matches billed for Friday.
Three matches are slated for the day, with Egypt taking on Uruguay in Ekaterinburg in Group A.
In Group B, Portugal face Spain in Sochi, while Morocco take on Iran at Saint Petersburg.
The Egypt-Uruguay match will be officiated by 45-year-old Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers who is participating in his second FIFA World Cup.
Kuipers’ numerous high-profile assignments include two UEFA Europa League Finals (2013 and 2018), and one UEFA Champions League Final (2014).
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, he took charge of three games and he replicated that at UEFA Euro 2016, his second European championship.
He will be assisted by compatriots Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra as AR1 and AR2.
Milorad Mazic and Milovan Ristic, both of Serbia, will be the Fourth Official and Reserve Assistant Referee.
Italy’s Gianluca Rocchi, who will turn 45 in August, will handle the second match of Group B between Portugal and Spain.
Rocchi took charge of his first Serie A match in 2004 and became a FIFA referee in 2008, making his debut in the UEFA Cup in the same year.
He was included in the referee pool for the Olympic Football Tournament at London in 2012 and officiated Mexico-Japan in the semi-finals.
The Italian will be assisted by compatriots Elenito di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini as AR1 and AR2.
Ryuji Sato and Toru Sagara of Japan will be the Fourth Official and Reserve Assistant Referee.
The Morocco-Iran game has been assigned to Cüneyt Cakir, a 42-year-old Turk who has been a FIFA referee since 2006.
He took part in the last two European Championships (2012, 2016), among other competitions.
In 2014, he was allocated three FIFA World Cup fixtures in Brazil and was in charge of the semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina.
The Turk, who returned to Brazil two years later for the Olympic Football Tournament 2016, has …

Psychic pig who predicted Trump’s victory picks Nigeria, Argentina for semi-final

The psychic pig Mystic Marcus that predicted President Donald Trump’s victory has picked Nigeria, Argentina as semi-finalists for the 2018 World Cup.

The psychic pig has a history of sniffing out winners – and is hoping to continue his unbroken record for this summer’s World Cup.

Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner Juliette Stevens.

The black micro pig had previously guessed the winner of the 2014 World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis finals by picking apples.

 

And the eight-year-old prophesier even predicted Brexit and that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election.

Now Mystic Marcus is putting his skills to the test once more by forecasting the semi-finalists for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

With bad news for England fans, Mystic Marcus expects Belgium, Argentina, Nigeria and Uruguay to make it through.

 

Farmer and micro pig breeder Juliette from Heage, Derbyshire, said: ‘Marcus is the seventh child of a seventh child and apparently they’re gifted with special powers so maybe that’s where it comes from.

‘A few years ago I was invited on a radio show because of Paul the octopus predicting results and they wanted to see if I had any animals that had the ability.

‘I hadn’t tried the seventh child theory out so thought I’d give it a go.

‘They used apples and oranges and Marcus predicted the football results, it was amazing.’

Juliette, 50, said after that first result they changed the method to make it more scientific.

Now Mystic Marcus, who has about 30 children and grandchildren, will pick from apples of a similar size and colour to make it as fair as possible.

 

The apples will include markers – such as pictures or flags – and Marcus will gobble down the winner.…

I’m still learning how to dance Shaku Shaku – Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi, who is with the squad in Russia for the World Cup, answered some fun questions in a short BBC Africa video.

Special goal

My goal for Nigeria versus Zambia (Iwobi scored the winner against Zambia in Uyo, the goal that sealed the Super Eagles Russia 2018 World Cup ticket).

Favourite boy band

Kelechi (Iheanacho) has some low-key songs. I’d probably have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa on the chorus or something like that.

Favourite Okocha goal

It has to be against Middlesbrough. He bent it in. I was with dad that day and it was amazing.

Best dressed: you or Aubameyang?

I believe I’m the best dressed. He’s a bit too flash. I don’t really like too much flash.

Weirdest item from camp mate

Kelechi actually brought a microwave when we were in London, of all things. But I found it useful because he was in my room and we could warm up our food.

Barcelona or Real Madrid on FIFA 18

Barcelona.

Best and worst roommates

Both have to be Kelechi. He has this tendency to be late and I don’t like to leave him behind because we’re roommates and I feel we’re in this together. But at the same time he’s fun, he’s always enjoyment. He’s the best and the worst at the same time.

Most difficult dance move

ShakuShaku. I’m still learning it and I have to learn it before the World Cup by force. I’m still learning the footwork.…

Wizkid to perform at opening of Russia 2018 World Cup (details)

Viral reports say Nigerian singer, Wizkid, will be among the artistes who will perform at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup today.

He will reportedly be performing alongside with Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi, who will be performing the official world cup theme.

The World Cup will kick off with a Russia and Saudi Arabia match on the 14th of June.

At this year’s ceremony, the artistes will perform 30 minutes before the start of the game.

If true, then this is a big one for Wizkid as the whole world would be watching him.

International Friendly: Rohr To Risk Ndidi Against Czech Rep

Leicester City midfielder, Wilfried Ndidi, may return action as the Super Eagles battle Czech Republic in a friendly on Wednesday ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ndidi, who missed the DR Congo tie and the glamour friendly against England at Wembley Stadium due to an injury, is raring to go according to the Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.
Ibitoye said: “Ndidi has resumed full training with the rest of the team. He is also ready for selection against Czech Republic.

US Rapper, Snoop Dogg Shades Ghana For World Cup Failure

Ghana’s failure to make it to the global showpiece in Russia has attracted the attention of American rapper, Snoop Dogg who saw it as an opportunity to poke fun at Ghana.

Even before the World Cup itself commences, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are trending for their sleek jersey which has reportedly created a buzz everywhere.

For this reason, the iconic superstar could not think far on why Ghana not appear with their ‘brothers’ Nigeria hence he took to his official Instagram page to share a hilarious collage picture.

He posted a picture of Nigerians in their world cup gear and a picture of a random Ghanaian in a funny outfit.

Ghana failed to make it to the World Cup after three successive appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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World Cup: See Jersey Numbers Super Eagles Players Will Be Spotting

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have revealed their new squad numbers ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The squad numbers were made known via a 59 second video on the team’s twitter handle @ngsupereagles on Monday.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa would adorn the number one jersey, while Spanish based Francis Uzoho has 23 leaving Daniel Akpeyi with 16 jersey as skipper Mikel Obi retains his number 10.
Newly signed Brighton and Hove Albion player, Leon Balogun, will settle for number six, while Russia based Byran Idowu will wear the number two shirt.
Portuguese based Tyronne Ebuehi will be seen in number 21, as fellow defender, Chidozie Awaziem will put on number 20 while Abdullahi Shehu holds 12.
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is with number 17 jersey while recuperating Wilfred Ndidi will wear number four.
Forwards Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will grace numbers 18 and 14, respectively.
Chinese based Odion Ighalo has nine; leaving newly capped Simeon Nwankwo with number 13, as Russia-based Ahmed Musa holds seven.
Chelsea’s Victor Moses stays with 11, as William Troost-Ekong has number five and Elderson Echiejile with three.
Jersey number 19 is given to John Ogu while Italy based Joel Obi has 15, leaving Oghenekaro Etebo with the number eight shirt and Kenneth Omeruo on 22.
The team continues its build up for the World cup, as it prepares to face Czech Republic on Wednesday in Austria.…

Russia 2018 world cup fixtures, See time and dates

Below is a list of fixtures for the Russia 2018 world cup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have bee placed in group D alongside Croatia, Argentina and Iceland. Their first game will be against Croatia on the 16th of June.

The final 23 man list has been released by coach Gernot Rohr.

See the Russia 2018 world cup fixtures below.

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA GROUPS

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA FIXTURES

THURSDAY, June 14/6/2018

1.RUSSIA vs SAUDI ARABIA (8:30pm)

FRIDAY, June 15/6/2018

2.EGYPT vs URUGUAY (5:30pm)
3.Morocco vs Iran (8:30pm)
4.Portugal vs Spain (11:30pm)

SATURDAY, June 16/6/2018

5.FRANCE vs AUSTRALIA (3:30pm)
6.ARGENTINA vs ICELAND (6:30pm)
7.PERU vs DENMARK (9:30pm)
8.CROATIA vs NIGERIA (5:30pm)

SUNDAY, June 17/6/2018

9.COSTA RICA vs SERBIA (12:30am)
10.GERMANY vs MEXICO (8:30pm)
11.BRAZIL vs SWITZERLAND (11:30pm)

MONDAY, June 18/6/2018

12.SWEDEN vs SOUTH KOREA (5:30pm
13.BELGIUM vs PANAMA 8:30pm
14.TUNISIA vs ENGLAND 11:30pm

TUESDAY, June 19/6/2018

15.POLAND vs SENEGAL (5:30pm)
16.COLOMBIA vs JAPAN (8:30pm)
17.RUSSIA vs EGYPT (11:30pm)

WEDNESDAY, June 20/6/2018

18.PORTUGAL vs MOROCCO (5:30pm)
19.URUGUAY vs SAUDI ARABIA (8:30pm)
20.IRAN vs SPAIN (11:30pm)

THURSDAY, June 21/6/2018

21.FRANCE vs PERU (5:30pm)
22.DENMARK vs AUSTRALIA (4:30pm)
23.ARGENTINA vs CROATIA (11:30pm)

FRIDAY, June 22/6/2018

24.BRAZIL vs COSTA RICA (5:30pm)
25.NIGERIA vs ICELAND (8:30pm)
26.SERBIA vs SWITZERLAND (4:30pm)

SATURDAY, June 23/62018

27.BELGIUM vs TUNISIA (5:30pm)
28.GERMANY vs SWEDEN (8:30pm)
29.SOUTH KOREA vs MEXICO (11:30pm)

SUNDAY, June 24/6/2018

30.ENGLAND vs PANAMA (5:30pm)
31.JAPAN vs SENEGAL (8:30pm)
32.POLAND vs COLOMBIA (11:30pm)

MONDAY, June 25/6/2018

33.SAUDI ARABIA vs EGYPT (7:30pm)
34.URUGUAY vs RUSSIA (8:30pm)
35.IRAN vs PORTUGAL (11:30pm)
36.SPAIN vs MOROCCO (10:30pm)

TUESDAY, June 26/6/2018
37.AUSTRALIA vs PERU (7:30pm)
38.DENMARK vs FRANCE (7:30pm)
39.NIGERIA vs ARGENTINA (11:30pm)
40.ICELAND vs CROATIA (11:30pm)

WEDNESDAY, June 27/6/2018

41.S. KOREA vs GERMANY (7:30pm)
42.MEXICO vs SWEDEN …

Nigerian World Cup Jersey Voted Best Among 32 Nations In The Tournament

Seems like Nigeria is already winning even before the start of the FIFA world cup in Russia. The Nigerian jersey has been voted the best jersey out of the 32 nations participating in this year’s world cup.

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.

It will be recalled that the 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.

Speaking on the jersey, Nike said:

“With a culture as vibrant as Nigeria’s, the collection had a lot to live up to.

“The central design theme is an abstract feather pattern inspired by the team’s “Super Eagles” nickname. Last seen during Nigeria’s 1994 appearance on the world stage, the design has been enlivened to capture the energy of the 2018 team.”

The home kit pays subtle homage to Nigeria’s ‘94 shirt, worn by Nigeria’s first team to qualify.

It carries a familiar badge modelled after the 1996 gold medal-winning Dream Team while honouring the 1994 shirt won by the national team.

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.

The American kit maker revealed that demand for the lively jersey had hit over three million worldwide before it officially hit the shelves last week.