A Nigerian trader has bragged that he has sold over 3,000 fake jerseys of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The news that the official jersey for the Super Eagles in the upcoming world cup was yet to be released came as a shocker to many.
This is because many Nigerians had already bought the jersey from vendors who claimed to be selling the original.
Mallam Shehu Dikko who is the 2nd Vice President and Chairman of NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee said;
“The new Super Eagles’ jersey will soon be in the markets all over the would including some Nike shops in different parts of Nigeria on the 29th of May, 2018.”
The traders interviewed by ]BBC Pidgin bragged that sales of the fake jerseys have been explosive. Obiora, a local trader from the South-eastern part of Nigeria said;
“I pray Nigeria reaches the finals. Once we make it to the finals of the world cup, I will import a container-load of jerseys for big sales”
“I have been selling the Nigerian jerseys even before they were unveiled on the internet. All my customers have been going crazy about the jerseys. I have successfully sold more than 3,000 pieces so far”
A BBC correspondent also spoke with other traders in the business of selling fake jerseys which the Nigeria Football Federation hasn’t endorsed. One of the traders proudly rocking the replica jersey said his is original as he imported them from Thailand. The traders also help customers in cresting their names on the jerseys for a fee.
Nigerians are indifferent about purchasing the imitations, many believe the original one which costs $85 (N30,600) is too expensive for them, so they rather opt for the cheaper option.