Dozens of people queued outside Nike’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London, before it opened at 10:00 for the singular purpose of purchasing Nigeria’s Fifa World Cup football kit.
Many were said to have gone to London just to purchase the original kit produced by Nike after hearing that they had sold out online.
They are only allowed to pick two items from the London store, and many of them were gunning for either the home and away kits, which are priced at $86 (£64).
While many are complaining of the price being too high (#41,000), entrepreneurial Nigerians have made a business out of it producing affordable ones that those in the country would gladly purchase.
According to New Telegraph, Nike officials were shocked by the large number of the fake jerseys and put calls through to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, from their office in London to register their ‘utmost displeasure’
The same jersey was worn in the match against Serbia in a warm-up game towards Russia 2018 in London on March 26 but none of it could be seen on the fans.
The original jersey which was launched in February in London goes for over N40, 000.
Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that a replica of the jersey made in Thailand, for instance, goes for between N6,000 and N15,000 depending on the grade while a more inferior one, which origin could not be ascertained goes for about N2,000.
Some online stores are even advertising the jersey at prices around N10, 000.