Naija Online TV recently had an interview with Andrew Randa, a sport enthusiast who designed the Nigerian national team jersey that went viral on social media and got everyone talking. We asked him all you will like to know about him and his passion, enjoy the details.
Andrew Randa is a detribalised Nigerian who loves a lot of things and quite a homely person. His a football writer, a sports lover, a lecturer who lectures in a higher institution in Nigeria, a graphics designer and lover of the arts. Andrew Randa is also a father and husband.
He had his primary school education in Zaria before proceeding to Federal government college, Azare in Bauchi State, where he received a BA in Industrial Design from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds a post graduate Diploma from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto and a MA from Coventry University, United Kingdom. Well read and grounded Andrew Randa is a TRCN holder, a NVQ2 (stadium security and safety) from the UK and other certificates from Nigeria and abroad. He is currently about to pursue his Ph.D degree. On the Nigerian national team jersey he designed, Andrew Randa had this to say.
"To be frank I was quite surprised at the reception the jersey got considering it isn’t the first time I’ve posted any of my designs online. Funny part is I did that in less than thirty minutes, when i was bored at home. It got a lot of response on Twitter and Facebook. I was shocked when people started tagging me, calling and texting me about it. From there it was on newspapers, blogs and websites", he said.
Adding further, Andrew Randa revealed that a lot even wrote it was the official kit and he had to keep querying that. A few people took it and made it theirs wile others put watermark on his designs. It was all funny, he told Naija Online TV, exclusively.
When asked on NFF’s stand on the designed jersey by Andrew Randa, he revealed, "i spoke to the President Amaju Pinnick and he was very kind and willing to listen to me. He has already seen the designs before we even spoke and he explained to me the situation of things which made sense to me. I also spoke to Shehu Dikko, who was impressed with the work but it came a bit late as the kits for the Russia 2018 world cup are almost done. The talks were fruitful and the possibilities are there that we will be working in some capacity with the NFF post World Cup", Andrew Randa told Naija Online TV.
On his expectations in Nigeria’s group fixtures for the 2018 world cup proper, Andrew Randa said
"we have a great chance to make it out of the group stage but we must get something out of the game against Croatia. That is the key for us. If we do that then we will have the confidence to take on Iceland while hoping that by the time the last group game against Argentina comes up, the Argies would have been through and will rest players or draw back their gears a bit. Aside the permutations, I think we will do well in Russia".
However, ahead of the 2018 world cup, Andrew Randa thinks the goalkeeping department should be sorted out as he said that is the only area of concern now. The coach is spoilt for choice in other areas. All he needs to do is to get the balance right, Andrew Randa concluded.