Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi, and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be at the UK office of sport kit manufacturer NIKE on Thursday.
According to NIKE, Iwobi and Ndidi were both invited to attend the previewing and authorization of the design of a new kit for the Super Eagles and other national teams, to give player options and suggestions.
The new kits would be launched in the summer of Year 2020
Also in UK for the previewing and other meetings that would also dwell on merchandizing, are Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick and other top officials as they aim to optimize the performance of the new, robust contract signed by NFF and NIKE in November 2018.
NIKE and the Nigeria delegation will also firm up strategy to set up outlets (and online platforms) across Nigeria to ensure NIKE kits and other merchandise are more available to fans across the country and the world.
It is best practice for the world’s leading kit manufacturers to invite top officials of their clients to preview and authorize a new design before the said piece is produced and launched for use.
It would be recalled that NIKE’s special design for Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which sold out on the streets of London hours after it was released onto the market on the first day of June last year, was previewed and authorized by the NFF bigwigs in Year 2016.
The current designs would remain until the 2020 Olympics when the new designs would be launched.
Production would only begin on the new design after the previewing and authorization, and would be launched in July 2020, on the margin of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It would serve the various National Teams between 2020 and the early months of 2022, before a new design would be released for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after the Super Eagles must have qualified.