The African Cup of Nations always brings well-designed and eye-catching national team jerseys, and this year’s tournament is no different.
Teams from across the continent, from the mighty Nigeria and Ivory Coast to the Comoros’ minnows, carry their national pride on their sleeves, literally and literally.
This year’s competition is full of colors, flashes and taste, from bold designs to classic calls. Here is our selection, because the teams did their best, because the first round of the group stage matches was completed.
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The best sets in the African Cup of Nations 2022
Below is a list of the 10 best kits for the AFCON 2022. Each country is listed along with its official kit manufacturer.
10. Cape Verde (Tempo Sport)
The Austrian kit manufacturer was quite successful here for the Blue Sharks. Two darker blue stripes in the middle, with a lighter blue background, help them jump. The wave patterns cover the kit and a neat-looking shark peeks out from the bottom left of the T-shirt. Excellent design.
The only problem is that the dark blue shark is difficult to see against the ocean blue background. It would be even better if it was more pronounced.
9. Guinea (Mastia)
The Irish kit manufacturer was inspired by Guinea’s design, the country’s mascot, national elephants, sports light tusks and the imprint of an elephant silhouette on a jersey behind the tribal patterns. Also noteworthy are the fantastic shorts, which are yellow with red stripes on the sides with a similar design. An excellent set all around, both sophisticated and interesting.
8. Guinea-Bissau (Guisport)
Guinea-Bissau teamed up with a local kit maker at this tournament, and it paid off for the boy. The shirt they wore in the opening round match against Sudan is actually the least interesting of the group, but all four sets available that Djurtus wears are clean, fresh and beautiful.
The white one with black, red and yellow horizontal argilla behind the number is our favorite, killer design.
7. Egypt (Puma)
Puma had better tournaments overall, and while the pharaohs’ threads are safe and clean, they work nicely. The delicate patterns can be good and the black over the shoulders go well with the deep, satisfying red color of the kit. Red also has a very delicate design, a faint pattern reminiscent of heiroglyphs. Great, although the team will have to play better than in the opening match against Nigeria to have a chance to win the title.
6. Sierra Leone (Umbria)
On the face of it, Umbro crushed it in this tournament. This Sierra Leone kit can be divisive, but we love it. The home jersey they wore in the opening match is in a great shade of green, divided into an elegant blue spotty design at the bottom left.
The white set has a cleaner look with a flag under the collar. In particular, we can’t wait to see the third set on display. It’s neon enough to be glaring without hurting.
5. Ivory Coast (Puma)
It’s almost the best Puma set in the tournament, but it just doesn’t surpass Ghana. Ivory Coast has had several posh designs in the past, and that fits right into it. The broken vertical stripes look great and are even better in the orange home set (bottom left in the tweet below), which is reminiscent of a number of elephant teams in the days of the country’s true boom.
4. Mali (Airness)
That Mali Eagle design is fantastic! In the middle of the sternum, the eagle is supported by green, yellow and red stripes that look like eagle’s wings and reflect the colors of the earth. The trip set is similar, only the green background has changed to white. It is an excellent creation by the French designer Airness.
3. Ghana (Puma)
Although Puma failed to create anything really bold in this tournament, its more conservative designs still hit. The Ghana set is the best of all, with a checkered stripe design and faint stars below the central black star in the middle. The green numbers and the Puma logo pop up nicely and the background is not too busy to ruin the design.
The home kit is actually even better, with a yellow background instead of white from the outer jersey, which really jumps off the shirt, and black sleeves, which flatter nicely.
2. Nigeria (Nike)
It is a pity that Nigeria wore its indistinct third jersey in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations in 2022, but a surprise comes. Nigeria’s home jersey for this tournament, as seen above, worn by Victor Osimhen during the November World Cup qualifiers, is an absolute beauty.
A call back to the legendary Nigerian sets from ancient times, including the iconic set 2018. This one is actually possible also close to what makes him a little undocked, but it’s still a beautiful design in a vacuum. The vertical pattern of teeth with a white center is bold and energetic.
1. Zimbabwe (Umbro)
This set is bold and simply put, the result is spectacular. Yellow background with red, orange, green and black tears across the chest starting from the shoulder. The colors reflect the national flag and are bright without disturbing too much. The tear-off design is perfectly executed.
Yellow shorts and yellow socks continue to look, with shorts with sporty green numbers that jump out but don’t take away from the work the t-shirt does. Overall, it’s an amazingly brilliant kit and Umbro earns bonus points for bold design, because risk-taking is always valued, unlike something safe and easy that won’t bomb. Bravo.
Excursion and third kits are far from dazzling, they have a “thatched” construction, but the home one stands out above all others.
Representing nations across Africa. Everyone wears their colors with pride. Our game is international 🇳🇦🇺🇬🇿🇼.
– Umbro (@umbro) August 20, 2021
Honorable mention: Goalkeeper jersey Burkina Faso
We need to show the goalkeepers some love, don’t we? Hervé Koffi from Burkina Faso had something to see in the opening match of the tournament against Cameroon. The yellow set with the red and green strip of Burkina Faso in the middle is fiery, topped by a clear star in the middle. Charming.