AFCON: Comparing Nigeria’s Kaftan to Ghana’s Kente As Super Eagles and Black Stars Arrive in Style

AFCON: Comparing Nigeria’s Kaftan to Ghana’s Kente As Super Eagles and Black Stars Arrive in Style

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 10, 2024 at 8:22 PM
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  • West African giants Ghana and Nigeria arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in style
  • Both nations are expected to travel far at the 34th edition of the AFCON
  • Nigeria plays Eq. Guinea as Ghana battle Cape Verde in their opening games

Ghana and Nigeria have already captured the admiration of many before stepping onto the field for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, set to be hosted by Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11.

As 23 African nations, in conjunction with the hosts, gather for this football spectacle, the arrival of teams has already drawn attention, especially with their striking fashion choices.

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Ghana and Nigeria landed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in style for the 2023 AFCON. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/Getty Images, @GhanaBlackstars/Twitter and Pulse.
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With the host nation Ivory Coast ready for the opening match against Guinea Bissau on Saturday, January 13, attention has turned to the participating teams, captivating football enthusiasts with their style and attire.

Top among them are West African rivals Ghana and Nigeria, who have caused tongues to wag on social media with their choice of outfits for the 34th edition of the AFCON.

Sports Brief draws a comparison between the attires of two African powerhouses, reflecting their enduring rivalries that extend from cultural delicacies like Jollof rice to music and even their distinctive fashion styles.

Comparing Ghana's and Nigeria's outfits

The two teams, arriving in Abidjan on the same day, showcased distinct styles that resonated with fans.

Nigeria's elegant Kaftan ensemble

According to Pulse, the Super Eagles departed from Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport adorned in traditional African attire, sporting grand white kaftans complemented by green headgear, symbolizing the national colours.

Led by captain Ahmed Musa and reigning African Footballer of the Year Victor Osimhen, the three-time African champions made a striking appearance in traditional attire on their arrival in the Ivory Coast.

History of the Kaftan

As per Francis Polo, the term "Kaftan" traces its roots back to ancient Mesopotamia, worn by Persians around 600 BC.

This attire originated in Morocco in the 16th century and spread across Africa, becoming a staple for many tribes, particularly in Nigeria.

Ghana's stylish Kente arrival

In contrast, the Black Stars of Ghana opted for a resplendent traditional attire known as Kente.

Departing from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the four-time African champions sported simple white African shirts over white shorts, elevating their look with vibrant and colourful Kente outfits upon disembarking from the plane.

The cultural significance of Kente

According to Locus Estates, Kente cloth symbolizes Ghanaian culture, renowned globally for its beauty, intricate designs, and cultural significance.

Originating from the Ashanti kingdom in modern-day Ghana, it was initially reserved for royalty, highlighting its rich heritage.

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AI names teams likely to reach AFCON final

Sports Brief also covered Opta's AI analysis, which involved considering multiple factors within its algorithm to gauge each nation's probability of securing victory at the Africa Cup of Nations.

It assessed team strength, recent performances, potential matchups in the knockout stages, and the challenge level of a team's journey to the final.

Taking these elements into account, Senegal emerges with a calculated 21.7% chance of making it to the AFCON 2023 final.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.