Canadian striker Jonathan David has continued the controversy surrounding Nike’s decision not to produce a new Canadian kit for the World Cup by covering the logo after a goal against Qatar.
David doubled Canada’s lead in Austria by covering the Nike insignia with his right hand in the 2-0 win over the World Cup hosts.
The Maple Leafs are the only team to travel to the Middle East without a newly developed kit, which Nike says is due to Canada being in a ‘different kit development cycle’.
Canadian fans and players will be required to wear their current, older kits for their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
Nike released 13 national team kits on September 15, one of which remained noticeably unchanged.
“The 2022 Canada kit will be the same as the team wore last year,” Nike said in their official release. “Canada Soccer is in a different kit development cycle.
“The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white color scheme and accented by the Canadian Football crest featuring the maple leaf, the nation’s most recognizable symbol.”
Canadian fans aren’t the only ones unhappy with the lack of changes.
“I’m not a fan of that to be honest,” Canada defender Sam Adekugbe told The Athletic.
“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 loved to get a new kit just because it’s something I can appreciate.”
In the same report, The Athletic explained that it can take around 18 months to design and produce a new jersey design.
“It’s a long process,” Canada Soccer general secretary Earl Cochrane told the outlet.
“Rather than just saying, ‘We’re going to make a decision today that Canada is going to work, and we’re going to change that in two or three months.’ That’s a conversation that’s happening in 2018 or 2019, not 2021.”
Canada first wore their World Cup kits in June 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Aruba.
They will soon be wearing them in Qatar during their group stage which begins on November 23 with a game against Belgium at the Al Rayyan Stadium.