Lagos -The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has secured a deal with Samurai Sportswear, an international sportswear designing company, for the kitting of the country’s national rugby team, the Black Stallion Sevens.
A statement issued by the federation on Sunday said the partnership, which will see Samurai of the official kit supplier of the NRFF, would last for one year and is subject to extension.
The deal is a boost for the Nigeria’s Black Stallions who are in vying for the 2016 Olympic Games ticket.
The statement said the jerseys will be worn during the 2015 Africa 7s Championship scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November.
“This tournament also doubles as qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Rio d’ Janeiro, Brazil, next year,” it said.
The statement also said that the design of the wears based the Nigerian flag.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that rugby was recently excluded as part of the sports to feature at the forthcoming All-Africa Games (AAG) scheduled for Congo.
The statement quoted Olatunji Fasimoye, NRFF Vice President as saying that the partnership was a relief after the recent AAG disappointment.
Fasimoye said that the development was an indication that the recent milestones being recorded by the sport in Nigeria was being appreciated.
The statement said the Sevens would be wearing Samurai’s advanced Iconix shirts by Samurai to provide elite athletes with the ultimate sports garment.
“The Samurai fabric sculpts the body increasing circulation to improve muscle recovery.
“It’s high modulus extension works in harmony with the body to enhance dynamic movements with a muscle defining fit.
“The fabric has superb moisture management and breathability functions to keep the body cool and dry through channeling sweat away,’’ the statement said. (NAN)