World Cup Edition: The Winning Jersey!

Whether or not you are a "football" enthusiast who is ready to prioritize the World Cup games over your work like some of our friends from Europe, Latin America, or Africa, we believe that there are ways for anyone to enjoy the World Cup, one of the biggest fiestas in the world. One way to get ready for the matches is to check out the teams' official jerseys! From the African continent, five countries have qualified; Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Before looking closely at their jerseys, let's cover fun facts about the World Cup related to jersey design. First who designs those jerseys? Out of all 32 teams, Nike sponsors 10 teams followed by adidas and Puma which sponsors 9 teams and 8 teams respectively (and the remaining teams are sponsored by smaller brands which sponsors one team each). As for the African teams, Puma beats the other two big brands: Puma sponsors four qualified teams except the Nigerian team, which is sponsored by adidas. Puma is majority-owned by the fashion/lifestyle brand conglomerate, Kering whose portfolio includes Gucci and Saint Laurent, so maybe we can expect their teams' jerseys to be uniquely-designed and stylish! So let's take a look at the home jerseys of the five qualified African teams.

Algeria: 3 Appearances, 0 Titles, #22 in the FIFA ranking 

Algerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Algerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cameroon: 6 Appearances, 0 Titles, #56 in the FIFA ranking

Cameroonian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cameroonian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cote d'Ivoire: 2 Appearances, 0 Titles, #23 in the FIFA ranking

Cote d'Ivorian home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cote d'Ivorian home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Ghana: 2 Appearances, 0 Titles, #37 in the FIFA ranking

Ghanian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Ghanian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Nigeria: 4 Appearances, 0 Titles, #44 in the FIFA ranking

Nigerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Nigerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

The Cameroonian jersey stands out because of the prints and the use of bright colors like green and yellow. We also like how they used red to accentuate the neck and shoulder lines. We feel that the Nigerian jersey is least unique. While the use of green can remind us of their national flag, the overall design lacks a strong and memorable visual appeal. Out of two white home jerseys, we think that the Ghanian jersey design has a bold message while the Algerian jersey looks too simple. The print on the Ghanian jersey is a fun element, but the prints could have been used in a different way.

The author's personal favorite is the Cote d'Ivorian jersey. The jersey has the best combination of being bold and having subtle and detailed designs, which also echoes to Maki & Mpho's design philosophy. This bold yellow color will surely stand out on the green of the football pitch. At the same time, details like the subtle prints on the shoulders and the front patch in the shape of the country are the key elements that empower both players and the fans. 

Unfortunately, none of the African qualifiers have won a title yet, but let's see how far the African teams go this year!! Maki & Mpho will equally be supporting all the teams from the African continent (regardless of your jersey designs)!

Tell us which one is your favorite!