World Cup-bound Super Eagles of Nigeria have acquired smart bibs which the players are now using during training sessions.
Sports Village Square gathered from the Nigeria Football Federation boss, Amaju Pinnick that the revolutionary football kits were obtained towards the end of the World Cup qualifying series.
The bibs, it is gathered, has sensors that register the players’ fitness level as it can give information on work rate.
Investigations reveal that the smart bibs can register the heart rate up to 1000 x per second.
This enables distance covered, speed and acceleration to be precisely calculated. Combinations of these parameters provide insight into their actual fitness level and development.
It also enables the players (and the ball) to be visualised by the software as moving mannequins. The trainer/coach can then look at tactical decisions, the way the defence, midfield and attack line up, the pressure exerted on the opponents.
According to the NFF president who is also an influential member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee, he has recommended the smart bibs to CAF for all the five African teams going to World Cup 2018.
The revolutionary football technology has been developed together with TNO at the club’s Herdgang training complex.
The product has been marketed by the Dutch company Inmotio since 2007. Sports clubs/institutions currently using this product include PSV Eindhoven, Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan, the Dutch Football Academy, the Dutch, German and Russian ice-skating federations, the Dutch handball academy and the Swiss federation for the education of trainers/coaches (Baspo).