The Super Eagles of Nigeria have arrived in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Nigeria National team departed from Austria earlier on Thursday with native attires as they chose to be different from the other 31 teams who were mostly dressed in suits on arrival.
Nigeria arrived in Russia on Monday night, resplendent in green and white ensembles complete with hats and shoes, to win yet another fashion contest at the World Cup after their jerseys proved a hit.
The Nigeria travel outfit, made by a local designer, not only taps into the country’s traditional culture but also gives a nod to the team’s football identity, with embroidered Eagle wings and a football on the chest and collar.
From head to toe, the Nigerian squad have indulged in their culture and clearly have no intentions of blending in with the crowd other nations looking to upset the odds in Russia.
But head coach Gernot Rohr insists that his team are more than just fashionable trendsetters, and are focused on getting ready for their first game against Croatia on June 16.
“We are happy to be here after working so hard. But we continue to work and we continue to be humble and we will be ready for Croatia because the first game, it is a very important game, not the clothes,” Rohr told KweséESPN.
The squad were treated to a brief welcome reception by hotel staff and a handful of Nigerians in Essentuki, many of whom are students at the Essentuki Institiute of Management, Business and Law.
After Croatia, the Nigerians continue group play against Iceland on June 22 and Argentina on June 26.
The Eagles are boxed in the ‘Group of Death’ in Russia, which features Argentina, Iceland, Croatia.
They enter the competition as one of the lowest ranked sides, 48th in the FIFA rankings, and third favourites to make it out of their group.
This is Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the World Cup since making a debut show at the USA 1994.
It is expected that Coach Gernot Rohr and his men will resume training on Wednesday.
The team will be seeking its first win in their opening game of the World Cup in 20 years when they clash with Croatia on Saturday.