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Bafana to be decked out in Puma

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Nov 17, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 49 ]

GERMAN sports apparel company Puma is coming on board as new Bafana Bafana technical sponsor to replace Adidas.

Puma officially begins its partnership with the national team on January 1 2011.

A source close to the developments, who asked not be named, told Sowetan that Puma got the nod ahead of Nike and has already made a presentation to Safa as technical sponsor.

The current Adidas sponsorship that was negotiated by Molefi Oliphant and Raymond Hack was worth R14million a year, with Safa also getting a share of royalties.

In addition, Adidas are also paid for all the kits used by the various national teams.

Bafana Bafana will use the Adidas jersey for the last time tonight when they take on the United States in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town. The company has already started designing new jerseys for Orlando Pirates, Ajax Cape Town, AmaZulu and Stormers rugby club for next year.

Adidas employees were informed about the end of the Safa relationship two weeks ago when the design of the new Bafana kit was discussed.

Adidas has been sponsoring Safa since after the 1998 World Cup in France, taking over from Italian sports apparel company Kappa.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani could not be reached for comment yesterday, but Adidas spokesperson Zobuzwe Ngobese said: "As far as I know, there is nothing official. It is true the contract is coming to an end at the end of the year."

Adidas are said to be unhappy with the treatment meted out to them by Safa ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

They argue that certain Safa officials were unfair in blaming their company for agreeing to design Bafana replica jerseys without the Proteas emblem.

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Its a joke

Jun 08, 2011 3:22 | 0 replies

I'm still paying for the current Adidas jersey's account at Edgars, now they are bringing a new 1?
Sies why didn't they tell us before the WC so that we could have waited for the Puma 1?
These guys are milking us......

Nov 17, 2010 11:37 | 0 replies

I love to wear Addidas but Puma has done well over the past five years and thats why I love to wear their sneakers of lately

Nov 17, 2010 11:34 | 0 replies

What we see on Ghana, Cameroon, Egypt, Tunisia, Togo, Jomo cosmos and Moroka Swallows is we'll see on BB jersey. If those teams kit are boring then except the same thing on BB.

Nov 17, 2010 11:33 | 0 replies

Dissapointed too i would have loved to have Nike instate but since they make dicisions for us what can i say!!!

Nov 17, 2010 11:11 | 0 replies

Puma se GGAT! ADIDDAS, sports forever.

Nov 17, 2010 11:5 | 0 replies

The fact of the matter is that ADIDAS disrespected the Nation (RSA) by designing Bafana replica jerseys without the Proteas emblem….how could they???

I love PUMA but their soccer jerseys designs are awful…however, we all have to take it in mind that this are business deals…if PUMA is willing to break the bank balance for us then why not bring them on board….lets not settle for less...

Nov 17, 2010 11:4 | 0 replies

No! no! no! no! The always design ugly outfit for Cameroon :(

Nov 17, 2010 11:0 | 0 replies

What happens to all the supporters jerseys they bought ...If we wantto support Bafana should we now go and replace our brand new addidas JERSEYS.
Puma has nice footware they are trying but hopefully there has been no corruption in the negotiating the sponsor deal....

We trusting the SAFA exec as they have been making some positive changes and we trusting you and support you......
Can anyone notice some white faces popping up for soccer ...NICE HEY ....HOPE TO SEE MORE

Nov 17, 2010 10:26 | 0 replies

It looks like SA politics is everywhere. the new regime cant see the gud that the old one did. Adidas are the best. Why degrade the ever-growing Bafana. Mr Nematandani, u got it bad. Finish and klaar!

Nov 17, 2010 10:18 | 0 replies

I wonder how the Puma design will be, has to be mighty impressive, then again, why dont we get sponsored by our own homemade brands, eg. Loxion culqa

Nov 17, 2010 10:13 | 0 replies