SA Afcon kit available next week

JOHANNESBURG: NIKE, the sportswear giant, and the South African Football Association (SAFA), have launched a new kit ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The kit will be available from Wednesday.

“We are very proud of our new kit which reflects the pride of our nation and the future of great football. Bafana Bafana are shining through to the African Cup of Nations and the new kit is an inspirational one, pushing the team to fight against past missed opportunities, while reflecting on past accomplishments,” says Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA.

The gold home jersey features a classic flat green collar with a single gold stripe on the inside back of the neckline, and has green cuffs on the sleeves. The King Protea, South Africa’s national flower, is emblazoned on the left chest, with the SAFA logo centered below the front of the V-neck. The South African flag rests on the outer back of the neck.

A solid gold stripe runs down the sides of the green shorts. Gold socks with a bold green top cuff complete the home kit.

The away jersey is green, and is paired with gold shorts and green socks that use the same features as the home kit.

Players expressed excitement at the kit.

“The new kits are very light and have a great fit. The simplicity of the design and the use of the green and gold make these striking kits and I can’t wait to play in them,” midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi said.

The kits also showcase Nike’s key technological features as Dri-FIT and Nike Pro baselayer.

Nike and SAFA entered a partnership earlier this year after the association‘s partnership with Puma ended.