The second vice-president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mallam Shehu Dikko has refuted speculation in some quarters that the Super Eagles’ new jerseys will have an exorbitant price, as he instead says it will be affordable for all Nigerians and other football fans across the world, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Speaking against the promise by NFF president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick that the new kit will be more attractive than the ones that were highly celebrated before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Dikko stressed that the nation’s kitting company, Nike, have promised to give price tags that are within reach of the common man, after the launch next Wednesday in United States of America.
He added that the American sports kit giants also want a large followership for their material, one that will surpass the euphoria that welcome the 2018 designs, hence the verdict that the latest set of jerseys, which would also be donned by all other levels of the Nigerian national teams will not be priced out of reach, even as Dikko further disclosed that the new material will go on sale worldwide immediately after the launch on February 5.
Although the new kit were initially planned to be launched for the start of the Eagles’ campaign in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the jerseys will now be first used by the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medalists and three-time champions for the resumption of their matches in the AFCON 2021 qualification series, against Sierra Leone and Lesotho in March.
Dikko, who is also chairman of Nigeria’s League Management Company (LMC) added: “After the official launch in February, it would be available in all Nike stores and agents worldwide. The jersey’s will be affordable, because every fan will be the 12th man to support the team.”