The Africa Cup of Nations always offers well-designed and eye-catching national team kits, and this year’s tournament is no different.
Teams across the continent, from the mighty Nigeria and Ivory Coast to the minnows of the Comoros, came to wear their national pride on their sleeves, literally and figuratively.
From bold designs to classic appeals, this year’s contest is full of color, flash and style. Here’s our pick of the lot as the teams gave their best with the first round of group stage fixtures completed.
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Below is a list of the top 10 AFCON 2022 kits. Each nation is listed with its official kit manufacturer.
10. Cape Verde (Tempo Sport)
The Austrian kit maker has done pretty well here for the Blue Sharks. Two darker blue stripes in the middle, with a lighter blue background to make them stand out. Wave patterns cover the kit and a neat looking shark pops 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 background. It would be even better if it was more visible.
9. Guinea (Mastia)
The Irish kit maker drew inspiration for Guinea’s design from the country’s mascot, the national elephants, sporting light tusks and an imprint of an elephant silhouette on the shirt, behind tribal patterns. Also worth noting are the fantastic shorts, which are yellow with red stripes on the sides and feature similar patterns. A great all around kit that is both subtle and intriguing.
8. Guinea-Bissau (Guisport)
Guinea-Bissau has partnered with a local kit maker for this tournament, and the boy has paid for it. The shirt they wore in the opener against Sudan is actually the least interesting of the bunch, but the four kits available for Djurtus are clean, crisp and exquisite.
The white with the horizontal black, red and yellow diamond behind the number is our favorite, killer design.
7. Egypt (Puma)
Puma has had better tournaments overall, and while the Pharaohs threads are safe and clean, they come out strong. Subtle designs can be good, and the black on the shoulders pairs well with the deep, satisfying red color of the kit. There is also a very subtle design in the red, a slight pattern resembling hieroglyphics. Bravo, although the team will have to play better than in the opening match against Nigeria to have a chance of winning the title.
6. Sierra Leone (Umbro)
Thoroughly, Umbro crushed him this tournament. This Sierra Leone kit may be divisive, but we love it. The home kit they wore in the opening game is a large shade of green interrupted by a stylish blue patch design on the lower left.
The white away kit has a cleaner look with the flag under the collar. We’re especially looking forward to seeing this third kit on display. It’s enough neon to be eye-catching without being painful.
5. Ivory Coast (Puma)
It’s almost Puma’s best kit at the tournament, but it just doesn’t top Ghana. The Ivory Coast has had some stylish designs in the past, and this fits in perfectly. The broken vertical stripes are a great look, and it’s even better in the orange home kit (bottom left in the tweet below) which harkens back to a number of the Elephants teams in the nation’s heyday.
4. Mali (Airness)
This Mali Eagle design is fantastic! In the center of the sternum, the eagle is supported by green, yellow and red stripes which resemble the wings of the eagle and reflect the colors of the country. The away kit is similar, with just the green background changed to white. It is an excellent creation of the French designer Airness.
Although Puma didn’t produce anything really bold in this tournament, its more conservative designs still hit home. The Ghana kit is the best of the bunch, featuring a checkered pattern of thin pinstripes and faint stars below the central black star in the middle. The green numbers and Puma logo stand out nicely, and the background isn’t too busy to spoil the design.
The home kit is actually even better, with a yellow background instead of the away kit’s white that really pops off the shirt, and black sleeves that complement each other nicely.
2. Nigeria (Nike)
It’s a shame that Nigeria wore their bland third kit in the opening game of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, but the stunner is coming. Nigeria’s home kit for this tournament, as seen above worn by Victor Osimhen during a World Cup qualifier in November, is an absolute beauty.
A callback to legendary Nigerian kits of yore, including the iconic kit from 2018. This one is actually possibly too much akin to this one, which anchors it slightly for its lack of originality, but nonetheless, it’s a wonderful design in a vacuum. The vertical teeth pattern with a white center is both bold and energetic.
1. Zimbabwe (Umbro)
This kit is daring, and to put it simply, the result is spectacular. A yellow background with red, orange, green and black tears on the chest from the shoulder. The colors reflect the nation’s flag, and they’re flashy without being too obtrusive. The tear design is perfectly executed.
The yellow shorts and yellow socks continue the look, with the shorts sporting green numbers that stand out but don’t take away from the work done by the shirt. All in all an incredibly brilliant piece of kit, and Umbro gets bonus points for brave design, as risk taking is always appreciated as opposed to something safe and easy that won’t bomb. Well done.
The away and third kits aren’t quite as shiny, with a ‘thatched’ design, but the home one stands out above all the others.
Representing nations across Africa. Each proudly wearing their colors. Our game is international 🇳🇦🇺🇬🇿🇼.
—Umbro (@umbro) August 20, 2021
Honorable mention: outfit of the Burkinabé goalkeeper
We have to show the goalkeepers some love, right? Burkina Faso’s Herve Koffi showed it in the tournament opener against Cameroon. The yellow kit with Burkina Faso’s red and green stripe down the middle is fire, topped with a clean star in the center. Beautiful.