Nigeria’s Under-23 squad, Dream Team VI is to wear a new set of jerseys at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The new home and away kits were announced by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday afternoon.
The NFF signed a three-and-half -year contract with Nike in 2015 that will see the US-based sportwear giant provide products worth $3.75m.
The home kit is a solid green shirt, with white ribbing around the back of the modern crewneck collar featuring Nike’s Dri-FIT technology.
In keeping true to the national colours of Nigeria, the new away kit is white with a green stripe that runs the length of the sides of shirt and shorts, and a green stripe along the back of the collar.
Nike’s Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts, where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.
The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels in the key areas of the kit are designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation and helping regulate players’ temperatures.
The shirt is crafted using mesh fabric that makes up the full front and back panels of the shirt, increasing airflow and facilitating enhanced movement.
Nigeria will play their first game against Japan on August 5 at 2am.
Meanwhile pending the arrival of the team in Brazil yesterday, William Troost-Ekong was the first player to arrive in Manaus for the Olympic Games, hours ahead of the rest of the Nigeria squad made it to the city.
The Haugesund defender got to Manaus yesterday afternoon and lodged himself at the team’s hotel.
Troost-Ekong, a 22-year-old central defender with the Super Eagles, has been brought in as cover for the team after their poor outing at the Suwon Invitational Tournament in June.
He was allowed to return to Norway from Atlanta by coach Samson Siasia for a domestic game at the weekend before flying via Amsterdam to Sao Paulo and on to Manaus.
The player told Goal.com that it was a tiring trip but he was in a good mood ahead of the tournament.
Another player that would fly in separate from the squad is Umar Aminu who also was given special permission by the coach to leave camp early.