Jonathan David COVERS the Nike logo on his jersey after scoring for Canada, as the nation’s players continue to rage over the decision to make them the ONLY team without a new kit for their first World Cup in 36 years.
Canada striker Jonathan David has continued the controversy surrounding Nike’s decision not to produce a new Canadian kit for the World Cup by covering the logo after a goal against Qatar.
David doubled Canada’s lead in Austria, covering the Nike badge with his right hand in their 2-0 win over the World Cup hosts.
The Maple Leafs are the only team heading to the Middle East without a newly specially designed kit, which Nike says is because Canada is in a “different kit development cycle.”
Canadian fans and players alike will have to wear their current and older kits in their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
Nike released 13 national team kits on September 15, with one notably unchanged.
Jonathan David (right) joins the celebration with Canadian captain Junior Hoilett vs. qatar
Lille and Canada striker David covers the Nike logo after scoring on Friday
“The Canada 2022 kit will be the same kit worn by the team for the past year,” Nike said in its official statement. ‘Canada Soccer is in a different kit development cycle.
“The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white color scheme and are accented with the Canadian soccer crest, which features the maple leaf, the nation’s most recognized symbol.”
Canadian fans aren’t the only ones unhappy with the lack of changes.
“To be honest, I’m not a fan of it,” Canada defender Sam Adekugbe told The Athletic.
Canada is the only nation, out of 32, that does not have a new uniform for the World Cup in November 2022.
Alphonso Davies is the star of the Maple Leafs and plays football for his club at Bayern Munich.
“I feel like every team should get a new kit for the World Cup because it’s a symbolic event.
“I don’t hate it, but I would have liked to have had a new team, just because it’s something to appreciate.”
In the same report, The Athletic detailed that it can take approximately 18 months to design and produce a new uniform design.
“It’s a long process,” Canada Soccer Secretary General Earl Cochrane told the outlet.
‘Instead of just saying, “Today we’re going to make a decision that Canada is going to work and we’re going to change that in two or three months.” That’s a conversation that happens in 2018 or 2019, not 2021.’
Canada first wore their World Cup jerseys in June 2021 in a World Cup qualifying match against Aruba.
They will soon be wearing them in Qatar during their group stage campaign, which begins with a match against Belgium at Al Rayyan Stadium on November 23.
Canada first wore the current iteration of their jersey in a World Cup qualifier in June 2021