*Eagles get new World Cup kits
Super Eagles officials led by Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, will literarily return to school this week as he and other officials of the team take part in a FIFA-organised World Cup seminar strictly for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, holding in June this year.
Apart from Keshi, other officials who departed Nigeria for Brazil last night include the team’s Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, team doctor; Ibrahim Gyaran, Media Officer of the team; Ben Alaiya, Chief Security Officer, ACP Abubakar Baba, Scribe of the NFF Security Committee, Christian Emeruwa and Chuks Alizor of the NFF Marketing Department.
FIFA is organising the course to prepare officials of the qualified nations for Mundial 2014 for high level of professionalism and service delivery during the summer World Cup.
Coaches of all 32 qualified nations and other relevant officials will be in the Brazilian city of Florianopolis for the week-long seminar.
Speaking on the cash splashed on the team by President Goodluck Jonathan, the players and officials commended the president for the wonderful reception he granted the team last Thursday in Abuja, for coming third at the recently held CHAN African Nations tournament in South Africa.
Team Captain, Chigozie Agbim and Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, said the team was humbled by the reception given to the team adding that nobody expected it, which goes to show once again that President Jonathan holds the team not only in high esteem but has a passion for sport, particularly football and the Super Eagles.
“We are very delighted and on the part of the players we hope to bring more joy to Mr President and the nation because he has always showed us love”, Agbim said.
On his part, Achor said apart from NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, love for the team, President Jonathan ranks equal with his fatherly love for the team. “He visits the team when we are preparing for major competitions and he always rewards us even when we don’t meet his expectation. We must say thank you to Mr. President”, he said.
Meanwhile, the African champion, the Super Eagles will be decked out in new kits when they play at the Brazil 2014 World Cup this summer.
According to the German apparel giant Adidas “the Nigeria 2014 World Cup home shirt is based on the new Adidas Condivo 14 kit template, which is also used for several other national teams. The new Nigeria 2014 World Cup home kit comes with a lighter new green color compared to recent kits made by Adidas, making the kit colour similar to the bright green colour used in the 1990s.
On the front of the new Nigeria 2014 World Cup kit feature small darker green pinstripes, while the sleeves are divided in one light green and one dark green part. The Adidas stripes on the sleeves are white, while on the back under the collar features the lettering Nigeria. The V-collar features both green colors, similar to the sleeve cuffs.”
It is expected that Nigeria will play with green shorts and socks. Meanwhile the new Nigeria 2014 away kit has dark and light green accents and is in all white.
The Adidas Condivo football shirt is designed with top quality technology which is used at the highest level of the game; including Climacool and Climalite, which improves breathability and wicks sweat. In addition to being made with adizero technology, the shirt offers a superior fit which enhances comfort and efficiency when running, ensuring players can play better for longer. Nigeria will play against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in Brazil.