Nigerian kit for 2018 World Cup sold out in minutes – PHOTOS
Nigeria’s new kit for the 2018 World Cup were sold out in minutes as desperate fans filled London’s Oxford Street to get their hands on the jersey.
On Friday morning, upon the kit’s release, hundreds of shoppers queued outside London’s Nike Town store to purchase the kit.
The kit, modelled by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi amongst others, has been hailed as the best kit among all the countries which will be in Russia for the global football showpiece.
Kit manufacturer Nike were forced to push the release date back earlier this week due to high public demand.
Nike had already received three million pre-order for the shirt before it officially went on sale on Friday and the sportswear company has said that there are no current plans for a restock.
The jersey alone is priced by Nike at Sh8,783 (£64.95). The kit was deliberately one of the last released for the World Cup, with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) attempting to avoid the spread of fake replicas throughout the country.
The decision is sure set to flood the market with counterfeit jerseys. Fake versions of the Nigeria kit have already been openly on sale in Nigeria for at least one month.
The replica jerseys flooding the market are made in Thailand, and are selling for between Sh2,000 to Sh4,000 ($20 to $40) depending on the quality, while the lower grades are selling for around Sh500 ($5).
According to Goal.com, NFF entered into a three-and-half-year partnership with Nike to make the country’s kits in 2015 in a deal worth Sh380million ($3.75m).