By Patrick Djordjevic For Dailymail.Com
Canada striker Jonathan David has continued the controversy surrounding Nike’s decision to not produce a new Canadian kit for the World Cup by covering the logo after a goal vs. Qatar.
David doubled Canada’s lead in Austria, covering the Nike insignia with his right hand in their 2-0 victory over the World Cup hosts.
The Maple Leafs are the only team heading to the Middle East without a newly, especially designed kit, which, according to Nike is due to Canada being on a ‘different kit development cycle.’
Canadian fans and players alike will have to wear their current, older kits in their first World Cup appearance for 36 years.
Nike released 13 national team kits on September 15, with one noticeably unchanged.
Jonathan David (right) is joined in celebration by Canadian captain Junior Hoilett vs. Qatar
Lille and Canadian national team striker, David, covers the Nike logo after scoring on Friday
Jonathan David puts his hand over the Nike logo as he celebrates his goal for Canada vs Qatar. Canada are the only team not to have a new kit for the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/TuS5bvgw29
‘The 2022 Canada kit will be the same the team has worn throughout the past year,’ Nike said in their official release. ‘Canada Soccer is on a different kit development cycle.
‘The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white color scheme and are accentuated by the Canadian Soccer crest, featuring the maple leaf, the nation’s most widely recognized symbol.’
Canadian fans aren’t the only ones displeased with the lack of change.
‘I’m not a fan of it, to be honest,’ Canada defender Sam Adekugbe told The Athletic.
Canada are the only nation — of 32 — to not have a new kit for the November 2022 World Cup
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‘I just feel like every team should get a new kit for the World Cup because it’s a symbolic event.
‘I don’t hate it, but I would have liked to have gotten a new kit, just because it’s something to cherish.’
In the same report, The Athletic detailed it can take approximately 18 months to design and produce a new kit design.
‘It’s a long process,’ Canada Soccer general secretary Earl Cochrane told the outlet.
‘As opposed to just saying, “We’re going to make a decision today that Canada is going to work and we’re going to turn that around in two or three months.” That’s a conversation that happens in 2018 or 2019, not 2021.’
Canada first wore their World Cup jerseys back in June 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Aruba.
They will soon wear them in Qatar during their group stage campaign, which begins with a game against Belgium at Al Rayyan Stadium on November 23.
Canada first wore the current iteration of their strip in a World Cup qualifier back in June 2021
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