By Karen Duarte
By Karen Duarte
Rabat- While a few of the 64 combined home and away kits have been striking, others have disappointed fans. Out of the 32 national teams participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Morocco’s home and away kits have been ranked 29th, according to the American television channel CBS Sports.
After Adidas revealed the first kit on April 27, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa urged Adidas to redesign the kit. Many Moroccans and officials criticized Adidas’s second jersey for looking too similar to the Casablanca Widad Club’s jersey and like a discount-rack Adidas jersey.
The ranking list seems to confirm the criticism of the Moroccan population, ranking the Moroccan jersey ahead of only Panama’s, Iran’s, and Tunisia’s. The FRMF delayed their kits’ reveal, making it one of the last showcases, yet the official versions ended up resembling replicas.
One reason why the Moroccan jersey might be ranked so low is because it appears to be similar to other Adidas jerseys, such as the Iran kit design. Adidas did not seem to put effort into creating an original jersey for Morocco, even after FRMF demanded a redesign.
The white “away” kit design has also been criticized for being an outdated Adidas template.
The kits of Nigeria, Belgium, and Brazil were ranked best, second best, and third best, respectively.
The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14, as the Moroccan national football team will bring their skills to Russia, whether or not their jerseys have a low ranking.