Nigeria arrive for World Cup in style
Style isn’t exactly something that The Super Eagles have been immune to over the last few years, with their new home kit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup turning a lot of heads. Of course, you don’t want to just be known as the team with a lot of style off the pitch, because you also want to produce the goods on it. With that being said, there’s no way to avoid the fact that their arrival to Russia for the tournament once again proved that they are the masters of looking good on the world stage. The squad landed in Mineralnye Vody on early Tuesday morning as their preparations begin for their Group D opener against Croatia. While many teams have been dressed to the nines with nice suits, Nigeria decided to wear a traditional Nigerian dress, which is described as a knee-length garment with a green eagle stitched into the fabric. They also wore a matching hat and shoes alongside it, as if the rest of the ensemble wasn’t fantastic enough.
Wilfred Ndidi and Jon Obi-Mikel were two of the names who stole the show, with both men sharing their efforts on social media. Of course, these kinds of stories are counteracted by the rumours that there’s some tension in the Nigeria camp, which is something that Croatia, Argentina and Iceland will all aim to capitalise on over the course of the next few weeks. Unfortunately, Gernot Rohr decided not to wear the same outfit, but perhaps that should be seen as a good thing. While selling three million kits is a nice tidbit to take forward into the World Cup, the main focus will be reaching the knockout stages and replicating their performance four years ago in Brazil. It’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but momentum is a funny thing, and perhaps we’re all being led astray by these stories about unrest within the squad. There’s always the possibility of them flopping in Russia, but if they can push the pace early on against Croatia at the weekend, then maybe things can start to snowball for them. They’ve certainly got an attacking line-up that would strike fear into the hearts of any other team in the competition, and they’ve already proven that they can put Argentina to the sword and they’re considered to be the favourites in the group. Whatever the case may be, this Nigeria squad will likely go down in World Cup history one way or another as their sense of style continues to make the headlines.