No, Nike hasn’t designed a new football shirt for Cameroon
Pictures posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts in Cameroon suggest Nike has designed a new football jersey for the national team. However, the design was created by a football enthusiast who doctored genuine photos of the Indomitable Lions’ jersey.
The photos show a bright green jersey emblazoned with the Nike swoosh, with captions claiming the brand has designed a new kit for Cameroon’s national football team, Indomitable Lions.
The striking design pleased and fooled a number of sports sites and journalists too.
“Divorce after 22 long years. Cameroon Indomitable Lions new Nike Kits after ending their 22 year relationship with Puma,” wrote football journalist Collins Okinyo in a tweet (archived link).
Some websites falsely announced that the team, known as the Indomitable Lions, had chosen the new Nike-designed kit ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in summer 2019.
However, the Cameroon Football Federation denied the claims. Their partnership with Puma ended in December 2018. They had no equipment supplier at the time the photos were published, a spokesperson told AFP.
French brand Le Coq Sportif announced on April 18, 2019 on Twitter (in French) that it would be “supporting the Indomitable Lions to write a new page in our shared history”.
AFP contacted Man Mbai Likol, whose name appears on some of the pictures of the false jersey circulating in French. Man Mbai Likol, whose real name is Maï Ngidjol Salomon Olivier, confirmed he created the photos.
“The first design is inspired by the Ndop patterns from west Cameroon,” he told AFP via Facebook. “The second design is based on traditional Toghu print from northwest Cameroon, and the third one is another variant of Toghu print.”
The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on June 21, 2019 in Egypt.