Rio 2016: NFF unveils new Nike jerseys
The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that the U23 team, who are representing the country at the Olympics will debut the new all white and all green Nike Jerseys.
NFF signed a three year deal worth hundreds of millions with the top sports outfit company in 2015 and since then, Nigeria has only used one or two of their default jerseys. This is the first Jersey that was specifically made for Nigerian players since the deal was signed.
As is the usual color of Nigeria, the home kit represents the dominant color in the national flag, which is a solid green shirt, it also has a white ribbing around the back of the collar featuring Nike’s Dri-FIT technology.
As expected, 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.
Dri-Fit technology wicks sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts, where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to be cool, comfortable and dry all through the match.
We will have the pleasure of watching the Dream Team VI in their new jerseys as they battle it out against Japan on their first fixture on August 5, by 2am.
Onazi Ogenyi announces Lazio departure
Talented Super Eadles defensive midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has announced that he will be leaving Lazio for Trabzonspor. Onazi, who joined the White and Blues 5 years ago, when he was 18-years old, posted farewell message via his Instagram page.
“When it all started 5 years ago. Big thanks to all the great Lazio fans who stood by me when the time was rough and when we all smiled. God bless you all. I will always be praying for you all,” he wrote.
The 23-year old may be undergoing Medical currently at Turkey as Instagram stated his location as “Liv Hospital”. We wish you all the best at your new club Onazi!
Mikel pledges allegiance to Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has disclosed that he has no intention of leaving anytime soon and insists that he will be with the English based outfit for the 2016-2017 season.
Though Mikel’s contract runs out in 2017, he says he would like to remain at Chelsea under the reign of new coach Antonio Conte as he hopes that the Blues open contract talks soon.
“I am definitely staying at Chelsea and I will try to give my best to the club, like I have always done,” Mikel told Evening Standard. “I want to help the team fight for every point, win and trophies. I also want to help the team qualify for the CL again. For 10 years I have been going to the same training ground and locker room. It is an amazing club, with an amazing owner. I have a year left and then we will see what happens. If I play well this season, it will help me earn a new contract. Chelsea are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me,” he concluded.
Mikel will miss the start of the season because he is one of the players who will be representing Nigeria at the football event of the Olympics as Nigeria looks to win a second Olympics medal, 20-years after.
Walcott backs down on being Arsenal’s main striker
England international, Theo Walcott has given up hope of being Arsenal’s main striker and has now requested to play on the right again.
Walcott, who failed to cement the leading striker position ahead of fellow teammate Olivier Giroud, has finally made peace with not being the Gunners main striker as the new season approaches and has now asked Wenger to play him on the right again.
“I have told the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again,” said Walcott. “I can play up front. I want to know where I want to play. The manager has said I can play up front. It depends on what game it is. I know I can do a job up front, as well as on the right. I want to make my position on the right – that’s where I know where I am now.“
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan