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Why did Jonathan David cover Nike swoosh in Canada celebration?

David covered the Nike swoosh on his Canada shirt when he scored in his country’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.

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Soccer Football - International Friendly - Canada v Qatar - Estadio Franz Horr, Vienna, Austria - September 23, 2022 Canada's Jonathan David in action with Qatar's Abdelkarim Hassan REUTERS/Lisa Leutner
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The Canada national team are well on track in their preparations for the 2022 World Cup. On Friday 23 September, they faced the next hosts of the World Cup in a friendly match played at the Franz Horr Stadium in Vienna, Austria.

The Canadians needed less than 15 minutes to double their scoring thanks to goals from Cyle Larin in the fourth minute and Jonathan David in the 13th minute.

Larin opened the scoring with a header that left goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb with no chance, after receiving an assist from Sam Adekugbe.

A few minutes later, David doubled the lead, taking advantage of a rebound after a long-range shot from Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies.

Canada sing their national anthem prior to the friendly match between Qatar and Canada in Vienna on 23 September 2022.
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Canada sing their national anthem prior to the friendly match between Qatar and Canada in Vienna on 23 September 2022.JOE KLAMARAFP

David’s protest

David covered the Nike swoosh on his Canada shirt when he scored in his country’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.

The Lille striker celebrated by covering the Nike logo on his shirt with his hand, in what was seen as a protest against the brand that makes Canada’s kits.

Canada will be the only team to appear at Qatar 2022 in the same kit they wore during the World Cup qualifiers. Teams such as Nigeria and Italy, who will not be taking part in the tournament, have unveiled new kits for this season.

However, the lack of a new kit has little to do with the manufacturer, as the Canadian federation failed to submit timely proposals for the national team’s kit for Qatar 2022. Nike requires its teams to send in a prototype kit at least 18 months in advance so that the order can be manufactured and Canada reportedly failed to submit their proposal on time.

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