Although the much-hyped Nigeria World Cup soccer kit isn’t in stores yet, it’s apparently already breaking records. According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the jersey has hit pre-orders of 3 million ahead of its official May 29 release.
The NFF says Nike unveiled the pre-order numbers during a meeting at its European headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands. If accurate, this would mean that Nigeria outsold its African competition and even some of the biggest clubs in the world. In 2016, Manchester United sold the most jerseys in the world with 2.85 million sales, which underlines just how big a pre-order of 3 million shirts would be for Nike and Nigeria.
While the team is an underdog to even get out of the group stages in Russia, drawn in a strong group with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland, Nigeria’s kit is widely considered to be one of the best at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
The kit has eagle wing-inspired black and white sleeves — the team is known as the Super Eagles — and a green and white torso that features an abstracted feather pattern and “hyper colors that extend a power capable of turning heads on and off the pitch.” The badge has been recolored to honor the 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning “Dream Team” and the striped design pays homage to Nigeria’s World Cup shirt from 1994, when the country first competed at a World Cup.
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For a closer look at Nigeria’s World Cup collection, head here.