Striker Jonathan David apparently isn’t too fond of Nike’s decision not to introduce any new kits for Canada at the 2022 World Cup.
David appeared to cover the Nike logo on the shirt after scoring to give Canada a 2-0 lead in a dominant friendly against Qatar on Friday.
Jonathan David lays his hand on the Nike logo as he celebrates his goal for Canada against Qatar. Canada is the only team without a new kit for the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/TuS5bvgw29
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) September 23, 2022
Nike released 13 kits ahead of the World Cup, including 12 refreshed sets. The one from Canada was the only version without an updated look. Instead, Canada will wear the same kit they wore throughout the 2022 race, much to the chagrin of Canadian football fans.
Canada qualified for the FIFA World Cup last March.
They are on a “different kit development cycle”.
To date, 30 of the 32 countries heading to Qatar have unveiled or will unveil new uniforms. Canada, and apparently Tunisia, are the only countries not introducing new kits.
“The Canada 2022 kit will be the same one the team has worn over the past year as Canada Soccer is on a different kit development cycle,” Nike said in a press release announcing the new shirts unveiled. for 11 more countries – including bold new designs. for countries such as Brazil, the United States, Portugal and the Netherlands.
“The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white color scheme and are accented by the Canadian soccer crest, featuring the maple leaf, the country’s most widely recognized symbol.”
It takes about 18 months to develop new kits.
This means Canada will be taking their usual red, white and black kits to the World Cup in Qatar.
“I’m not a fan of it, to be honest,” Canadian defender Sam Adekugbe told The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke. “I just feel like every team should have a new kit for the World Cup because it’s a symbolic event. I don’t hate it, but I wish I had a new kit, just because it is something to cherish.
Canada open the group stage at Al Rayyan Stadium on November 23.