Nigeria To Wear Nike Kits Until 2018
Nigeria’s national football teams will wear Nike kits from this year until 2018. The three-time African champions return to the American brand after 12 years with adidas. The Super Eagles enjoyed much success on the pitch wearing Nike kits from 1996 to 2003. During this period they made it to the Round of 16 of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and won the men’s soccer gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
According to Nike: Nike and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) form a new partnership in which Nike, the world’s leading football brand, is designing and developing football kits for the men’s and women’s Nigeria national football teams from April 1, 2015, until at least 2018.
Nike is designing performance and training apparel, and equipment, including team kits and footballs, for Nigerian national football team players at every level of the game. There will be an exclusive-edition team kit for all NFF teams until the 2016-17 kit launches in mid-2016. In addition, Nike will design an assortment of products for Nigerians to show their support for the national team, to be available from mid-2016.
The Nigeria under-20 men’s team will be the first to don the new Nike kit at the under-20 football tournament to be hosted in New Zealand from May 31.
The partnership includes the following elements: supplying performance and training kits to all nine of the Nigeria Football Federation teams at every level, including the men’s and women’s senior teams, men’s and women’s under-20 teams, men’s and women’s under-17 teams, men’s and women’s Olympic teams, and the men’s beach football team.
Nigeria joins Nike’s set of federation sponsorships including Australia, Brasil, England, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, the USA, and others.