Football fans have gone crazy for Nigeria’s new Nike eagles new kit as they queued up along Oxford Street on Friday morning to get their hands on it before it sells out, Daily Mail reports.
The kit has been a huge hit with fans for its retro look and received more than three million pre-orders according to the Nigerian Football Federation before it finally went on sale. Nigeria will debut the in-demand kit in their friendly against England on Saturday evening at Wembley as they continue to prepare for the World Cup.
London is home to thousands of Nigerian ex-pats and people with Nigerian heritage, meaning the kit had no shorter of takes at Nike’s central London HQ. Football kit collectors were also keen to get their hands on the funky shirts, as well as profiteers looking to make some quick cash.
Some of the shirts were available to buy on eBay by Friday afternoon, with bidding reaching £100 for one medium-sized shirt. Nike have released a whole collection along with the three different kits, including tracksuits, sweatshirts and new football boots.
The kit costs £65 and was not released until late on in order to increase demand and reduce the spread of replicas being produced ahead of the World Cup. The Super Eagles are looking forward to the tournament after they beat Argentina 4-2 back in November and they will face them again in the group stages.
Their squad is relatively young and 21-year-old Alex Iwobi features heavily in promoting the new gear along with Kelechi Iheanacho. The new collection is ‘Naija-inspired’, with the Mercuial 360 boot available in green and black, reflecting the colours used in the new kits.It went on sale in Nigeria on May 29 and hit the stores in other countries on June 1 with people in London spending the morning out on the streets in hope of picking up something from the new collection.