With less than 24 hours to the much-hyped friendly match between Nigeria and England at Wembley stadium, residents of London have hit several shops across the city to purchase the super eagles world cup jersey.
The Nigerian jerseys were released outside London’s Nike Town store in Oxford Street on Friday.
The Independent of UK says the shirt alone is priced by Nike at £64.95 (about N31, 000).
Carl Craiglist, a twitter user released photos of London residents. mostly of Nigerian or African descent, flocking to various shops to buy what has been dubbed “THE BEST JERSEY FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP.”
“This is the queue at Nike Town for the Nigeria kit launch, literally round the corner…” he tweeted.
This is the queue at Nike Town for the Nigeria kit launch, literally round the corner… pic.twitter.com/K3vzfL6psR
— Carl Craigslist (@conroy_bumpus) June 1, 2018
He expressed worry that the shops might not have his shirt size – being on the big side!
“Was very tempted to cop one myself, but I don’t think it’s really a look for an overweight white bloke in his mid thirties.”
Notwithstanding, Carl publicly announced his “newly adopted team” for the mundial.
“I am now supporting Nigeria at the World Cup,” he tweeted.
Nigerians on twitter cashed in on Carl’s pics with many showing enthusiasm for this new super eagles convert.
Hi Carl, on behalf of Nigerian twitter we would like to give you a title for proper identification just in case… “NWANNEDINAMBA” (Meaning… Brother in another town)..
— Uncle Buch (@ogbughalumc) June 1, 2018
Next step in your initiation is to pledge allegiance to ?? Jollof Rice ? pic.twitter.com/WTwx6SH0sD
— Tokunbo’s Kitchen (@tokunboskitchen) June 1, 2018
You see welcome…. our newest citizens pic.twitter.com/nvua19Rozd
— iam_Phemmy_Nice® (@phemmynice) June 1, 2018
Why the rush?
The kit, modelled by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Leicester City’s duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi is regarded as the best kit to be seen at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.
Nike extended the release date earlier this week due to high demand and the jerseys are now unavailable for purchase on the Nike website.
The kit was deliberately one of the last released for the World Cup, with the Nigeria Football Federation attempting to avoid the spread of fake replicas throughout the country.