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    Top kits at AFCON 2022: Who has the best threads at the Africa Cup of Nations? | Sporting News India

    The Africa Cup of Nations always delivers when it comes to well-designed and eye-catching national team kits, and this year’s tournament is no different.

    Teams from across the continent, from mighty Nigeria and Ivory Coast to minnows in Comoros, have arrived with their national pride on their sleeves, literally and figuratively.

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    From bold designs to classic calls, this year’s competition is bursting with color, sparkle and style. here’s our pick from the batch, as teams have given their best with the first round of group stage matches completed.

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    Below is a list of the top 10 kits at AFCON 2022. Each nation is listed along with their official kit manufacturer.

    10. cape verde (sports time)

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    Julian Tavares of Cape Verde

    The Austrian kit manufacturer has done quite well here for the Blue Sharks. Two darker blue stripes down the middle, with the lighter blue background helping them pop. Wave designs cover the kit, and a neat-looking shark peeks out from the bottom-left of the shirt. An excellent design.

    The only problem is that the dark blue shark is hard to see against the blue ocean floor. it would be even better if that were more prominent.

    9. guinea (mastia)

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    Jose Kante of Guinea

    The Irish kit-maker was inspired for Guinea’s design by the country’s mascot, the National Elephants, sporting light tusks and an imprint of an elephant silhouette on the jersey, behind tribal designs. Also notable are the fantastic shorts, which are yellow with red stripes down the sides featuring similar deisgns. An excellent kit all around, both subtle and intriguing.

    8. guinea-bissau (guisport)

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    Sori Mane of Guinea Bissau

    Guinea-Bissau partnered with a local kit-maker for this tournament, and boy did it pay off. The shirt they wore in the opening round match agianst Sudan is actually the least interesting of the group, but all four kits available for the Djurtus to wear are clean, crisp, and exquisite.

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    the white with the black, red and yellow horizontal diamond behind the number is our favorite, a spectacular design.

    guinea-bissau 2022 guisport home, away, third and fourth kit 🇬🇼 https://t.co/6rej0ur3sg #afcon2021 #afcon #afcon2022 #can2022 #can2021 #guinébissau #guineabissau pic.twitter.com/vk2zgie9jx

    7. egypt (cougar)

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    Ahmed Hegazi of Egypt

    Puma’s had better tournaments overall, and while the Pharaohs’ threads are safe and clean, they do pop nicely. Subtle designs can be good ones, and the black across the shoulders pairs nicely with the deep, satisfying red color of the kit. There’s also a very subtle design within the red, a faint pattern resembling heiroglyphics. Well done, although the team will have to play better than they did in the opening match against Nigeria to have a shot at claiming the title.

    6. sierra leone (umbro)

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    Steven Caulker of Sierra Leone

    Flat out, Umbro crushed it this tournament. This Sierra Leone kit can be divisive, but we love it. The home kit they wore in the opening match is a great shade of green broken up by a classy blue blotch design down the bottom left.

    The white away kit has a cleaner look with the flag under the collar. we’re especially looking forward to seeing that third kit on display. it’s just enough neon to draw attention without being painful.

    sierra leone 2021/22 umbro home, away and third kit 🇸🇱 #sierraleone #umbro #wcq #slfa pic.twitter.com/2zhwbusnci

    5. ivory coast (cougar)

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    Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast

    It’s almost Puma’s best kit at the tournament, but just doesn’t top Ghana. Ivory Coast has had some classy designs in the past, and this fits right in. The broken vertical stripes are a great look, and it’s even better in the orange home kit (bottom-left in the tweet below) that calls to mind a number of Elephants teams in the nation’s true heyday.

    puma presents the new home and away kits for egypt, ghana, senegal, ivory coast and morocco 👕 pic.twitter.com/l3d9fm9rsl

    4. mali (air)

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    Massadio Haidara of Mali

    That Mali Eagle design is fantastic! Central on the breastbone, the Eagle is supported by green, yellow, and red stripes that look like the Eagle’s wings and reflect the country’s colors. The away kit is similar, with just the green background changed to white. It’s an excellent creation by French designer Airness.

    3. ghanaian (cougar)

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    Jordan Ayew of Ghana

    While Puma failed to produce anything truly bold this tournament, its more conservative designs still hit home. The Ghana kit is the best of the bunch, with a checkered design of pinstripes and faint stars underneath the centralized black star in the middle. The green numbers and Puma logo pop nicely, and the background isn’t too busy to ruin the design.

    The home kit is even better, with a yellow background instead of the white of the away kit that really pops off the jersey, and black sleeves that complement it nicely.

    2. nigerian (nike)

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    Nigeria kit Victor Osimhen

    It’s a shame that Nigeria wore its bland third kit in the opening match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, but the stunner is coming. The Nigeria home kit for this tournament, as seen above worn by Victor Osimhen during a November World Cup qualifier, is an absolute beauty.

    a callback to the legendary Nigerian kits of yesteryear, including the iconic kit from 2018. this one is actually a little too close to that one, narrowing it down slightly for lack of originality, but nonetheless a wonderful design on the vacuum. the vertical tooth pattern with a white center is bold and energetic.

    1. zimbabwe (umbro)

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    Gerald Takwara, Prince Dube of Zimbabwe

    This kit is bold, and put simply, the result is spectacular. A yellow background with red, orange, green, and black tears down the chest starting from the shoulder. The colors reflect the nation’s flag, and they are flashy without being too distracting. The tear design is perfectly executed.

    Yellow shorts and yellow socks continue the look, with the shorts sporting green numbers that highlight but don’t take away from the work done by the jersey. All in all, it’s a staggeringly brilliant piece of kit, and Umbro gets bonus points for brave design, because taking risks is always appreciated over something safe and easy that won’t fail. bravo.

    The away and third kits are not as bright, with a “thatched roof” design, but the home kit stands out above all the others.

    representing the nations of Africa. each wearing their colors with pride. our game is international 🇳🇦🇺🇬🇿🇼. 📸(1-3) zimbabwe – home, away, third. #umbro pic.twitter.com/x1okzk7o9i

    honorable mention: burkina faso goalkeeper kit

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    Herve Koffi Burkina Faso goalkeeper AFCON 2022

    We have to show the goalkeepers some love, right? Hervé Koffi of Burkina Faso had his on display in the tournament’s opener against Cameroon. The yellow kit with the Burkina Faso red and green stripe down the middle is fire, topped off with a clean star in the center. Lovely.

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