Former Super Eagles striker, Nwankwo Kanu, has criticized the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation not to keep former internationals in the loop before introducing the recently-released Nigerian national team jerseys.
On February 5, Nike, the country's sports manufacturer, revealed a dashing design to replace the popular ‘Naija’ outfit which was introduced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, enjoyed record-breaking sales before the tournament began.
“In 2018, Naija changed the game with a collection for the ages that set a new standard for how Nike approaches federation design,” a statement from Nike read
“In 2020, Nigeria picks up right where they left off with a home kit that fuses the traditional aesthetic of an agbada robe with modern football design.”
The new kits have drawn conflicting opinions, though, with some fans believing the latest designs are worthy successors and others doubting its fit.
Kanu, however, had totally different grievances about the issue.
When asked by reporters about the kits, the former Arsenal striker questioned the Nigeria Football Federation for not keeping ex-internationals abreast of the choices of kits.
“I do like the jersey but in the future when they are doing things like this, ex-internationals should be carried along in order to feel our own opinion,” Kanu told Goal.
“If not, we will accept whatever is thrown at us even if we don’t like it.”
Nigeria will don the outfit for the first time during the qualifying campaigns for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup with a double-header against Sierra Leone set to come up this year.