New jerseys to bear star sign

THE new jersey to be used by Bafana Bafana during the 2010 World Cup will have a star symbol on top of the South African Football Association emblem.

THE new jersey to be used by Bafana Bafana during the 2010 World Cup will have a star symbol on top of the South African Football Association emblem.

The assurance was made by Safa president Kirsten Nematandani after meetings with technical sponsors Adidas. Safa and Adidas discussed the absence of the Protea emblem on Bafana replica jerseys.

Many South Africans are unhappy that replicas of the new home jersey, launched in November, do not have the Protea emblem.

Limited replica jerseys with the Protea are being sold at R1499 each, while those without cost R599. Bafana should have had the star sign on their jerseys to honour their victory in the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in 1996.

"You are dead right that we are supposed to have had the star sign on the Bafana Bafana jerseys. It's long overdue," Nematandani said.

Adidas will launch the Bafana away jersey next month, which is expected to feature the emblem.

The golden star was introduced after Orlando Pirates defeated Asec Mimosa of Ivory Coast 1-0 to win the 1995 African Champions League, and Bucs are the only club with the star on their jerseys.

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