The African tournament kick starts a massive year of international competition. We take a look at the best kits we’ll see at AFCON 2024.
The latest African Cup of Nations kicked off over the weekend, which means one thing, elite kits. Every two years AFCON provides us with the best of the best when it comes to African football, and with that brings some fantastic football shirts as well.
With all 24 teams duking it out in the Ivory Coast, we take a look at who touched down in the drippiest uniforms.
Fans of Brazil’s away kit will love Tanzania’s home kit. The two share a very strong resemblance, with a dominant hue of blue accented by hints of yellow that mesh well together.
The kit’s body features a subtle yet eye-catching diamond pattern, which does well to elevate the rather simple design of the shirt. Made by manufacturer Sandaland, Tanzania has a sleeper home shirt that sneakily is one of the best at the tournament.
The 2004 AFCON champions arrive in Ivory Coast with an absolute beauty of a home kit. Draped in a brilliant hue of red, the pattern featured on the kit is a nod to Tunisian and Ancient Roman architecture, more specifically the El Jem Ampitheatre.
The kit also has a polo collar, the only team in the competition to have one. The details of this shirt really make it stand out, all the way down to the holographic Kappa logo and national crest on opposing shoulders. It’s an absolute belter of a shirt that’s well deserving of the praise it’s received so far.
Nike and Nigeria always bring the heat when it comes to kits, and although the nation didn’t receive a new design for AFCON 2024, we still have to appreciate the beauty of the Super Eagles’ away shirt.
Predominately white with a unique pattern on the sleeves, it’s a solid design that successfully continues Nigeria’s jersey legacy.
No country has a more eye-catching set of kits than Mali, as all three home, away, and third designs will certainly turn heads. A graphic of an eagle in all three colors of the Mali flag sits in the center of each design. Claw marks and a winged pattern accompany the centerpiece to make for a maximalist aesthetic. Simplicity was not on the priority list here.
Ivory Coast Home
Speaking of simplicity, the hosts have one of the more subdued kits in the tournament with their iconic orange color, but the lines and stripes on the body of the jersey is a nice unique touch that elevates the simple design. Made by longtime kit suppliers PUMA, Ivory Coast has another hit on its hands.
Senegal is arriving in Ivory Coast as reigning champions, but they’re also doing it in fantastic style as well. The legendary green of Senegal is well represented in the away kit, which has been carried over from the 2022 World Cup. The center box with the player number was a controversial design element employed by PUMA, but it works particularly well in Senegal’s case, with the contrast of the yellow numbers standing out nicely on the green backdrop.