Committee on Sports displeased with Super Eagles’ World Cup jerseys | Tunde Folawiyo

Fans of the Super Eagles, like Tunde Folawiyo, will probably be aware that there has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the team’s jerseys for the World Cup. They were unveiled a fortnight ago by the Nigeria Football Federation; designed by Adidas, they feature three colour combinations – orange and black, green and yellow, as well as green, white and yellow. Aminu Maigari, who serves as the chairman of the NFF, explained that they had chosen these colours in order to ‘strike a balance’ between innovation and tradition.

Idris Adama, who works as the Director of Marketing at the Nigeria Football Federation, was quick to acknowledge the fact that the particular shade of green chosen for these new sets of jerseys is quite different to the shade normally worn by Nigeria’s national football players. Speaking to the press, Adama stated that the lighter and more vibrant green mirrors the youthfulness and energy of the Super Eagles.

Another official also offered his opinion on the jerseys; Gbenga Elegbeleye, the NSC’s Director General, said that Super Eagles have performed particularly well as of late, and their uniform should be rebranded to reflect this. He went on to say that he believed the jerseys would bring the players better luck on the pitch.

Tunde FolawiyoBut some were not quite so positive about the introduction of these new uniforms. Tunde Folawiyo, and others who follow this team, might know that the Committee on Sports (from the House of Representatives) has objected to the particular shade of green used; Godfrey Ali Gaiya, the chairman, argued that this colour is not the shade normally used to represent Nigeria.

Gaiya has also implied that the colour was chosen for dubious reasons; in a public statement, he contended that it bears a more than a passing resemblance to the shade used by Globacom, a large telecommunications company which sponsors the Super Eagles. Gaiya suggested that perhaps this sponsor had an unfair influence on the type of green which was selected. But the NFA’s Secretary General, Musa Amadu, has vehemently denied these accusations, saying that the colours are very different to those used by Globacom. Nevertheless, the Committee on Sports has said that it will consider carrying out an investigation into this matter.

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