Nike on Friday 1st of June unveiled the much talked about Super Eagles Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup jerseys to mixed reactions on social media, but the ‘Wakanda’ brain behind the design has rarely been in the foreground.
TheNewsGuru reports Nike designer, Matthew Wolff, lead the Operation Naija squad that included Dan Farron, Rebecca Aleman, Michael Vorel, and himself, to craft all on-pitch, Black Panther-themed, apparel of the Super Eagles.
Nike also crafted a Black Panther-inspired Catsuit for Serena Williams, she has donned since the beginning of the French Open, with which she has slammed past Australia’s 17th seed Ashleigh Barty 3-6 6-3 6-4 and German 11th seed Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4 to set up a showdown with old foe Maria Sharapova in a much-anticipated fourth-round clash on Monday.
The Super Eagles full home and away kits, pre-match top and training pieces were crafted by Matthew and the Operation Naija squad for Nike.
Matthew, a graphic designer, currently working at Nike in New York City, specializes in sports branding, logo, and jersey design.
The Nike designer, who grew up in Minneapolis and London, before attending Skidmore College and Parsons the New School for Design, has had the privilege of launching the visual identities of MLS side, New York City FC, where Frank Lampard and Italian legend Andrea Pirlo played before they retired.
He has also had the privilege of launching the visual identities of Los Angeles FC as well as designing World Cup apparel and kit collections for France and others.
The Super Eagles dynamic Russia 2018 World Cup jerseys are the latest designs he has crafted for the global brand, Nike.
Shortly after Nike unveiled the kits in February, Matthew took to Twitter to say, “It was so much fun designing these World Cup 2018 pieces for Nigeria with the Nike team!
Meanwhile, the mix reactions that greeted the release of the jerseys on social media has been mostly based on the price; even with a Nigerian serving Senator questioning why Nike should produce the jerseys.