Super Eagles arrive in Russia, fashionable and focused
Nigeria arrived in Russia on Monday night, resplendent in green and white ensembles complete with hats and shoes, to win the 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.
The outfits have been a hit on social media and follows on the heels of a globally popular World Cup kit designed by Nike, which sold out within minutes.
Many fans on social media have already handed the Super Eagles a win in the World Cup fashion stakes.
Nigeria did not come to play! Look at our boys' arrival kit!!!! 😍😍👌🏽👌🏽👏🏼👏🏼. pic.twitter.com/UstIxRgMyC— Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) June 11, 2018
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.