New look for Bafana

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Members of the Bafana Bafana squad, in town for the Nelson Mandela Challenge match against the United States on Saturday, were on hand to parade the jersey, which will be worn at the African Nations Cup finals in Ghana next year.

Safa CEO Raymond Hack heaped praise on adidas and the technology used to create the kit.

“We applaud the apparel company for investing huge resources in producing a technologically advanced jersey for Bafana Bafana,” Hack said.

_quote“Our team will enter the field of play in style against the United States of America in this event and we thank the leading football brand for supporting our preparation as we build towards the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

“We have no doubt our players will obtain a positive advantage by utilising a new technologically advanced jersey.”

Mzi Mbane, the category manager of football at adidas, said: “Football is not only a game of two halves, but one of multi-directional movement as players sprint, stretch, slide, jump and tackle to gain possession.

“Our moisture-management fabrics ensure players stay cool, dry and comfortable, thereby enhancing performance.”

Also launched was the official match ball that will be used at the Nations Cup finals. President and chief executive of adidas, Erich Stamminger, said: “In recent years football in Africa experienced outstanding growth and the Africa Cup has become one of the most important championships worldwide.

“Therefore we’re pleased that the African Cup of Nations is now also played with a specially designed Adidas ball.

“This impressively underlines our position as the number one football brand on all continents.”