New Bafana kit 'symbolises unity'

BAFANA Bafana and Adidas yesterday unveiled the new away jersey for the national squad, which incorporates 11 threads that symbolise the diversity of South African languages.

BAFANA Bafana and Adidas yesterday unveiled the new away jersey for the national squad, which incorporates 11 threads that symbolise the diversity of South African languages.

The new jersey will be used during the highly anticipated 2010 Fifa World Cup which kicks off on June 11. Bafana play Mexico on the opening match at Soccer City.

The team showed off the jersey in Durban when Bafana played against the Brave Warriors of Namibia at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium last night.

South African Football Association chief executive Leslie Sedibe said the new jersey was designed after consultation with various stakeholders.

"We are excited about the final product that Adidas has delivered to us following numerous consultations about the design of the jersey," Sedibe said.

"The design of the change strip is consistent with the one seen on the home jerseys. Our team now has a complete set of home and away kit."

Adidas spokesperson Zobuse Ngobese said: "The new away kit, which features a unique new mixture of Twilight and Forrest Green, will further identify the hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"Like the current yellow home jersey, this green jersey is without doubt one of the most important and iconic that Adidas, as the national team's official technical sponsor, has ever designed.

"The green away jersey design was also influenced by the diversity of our country and its 11 main communities and languages spoken - all of which will be unified behind our country and team during the World Cup tournament.

"The jersey incorporates 11 threads that symbolise this diversity in unity and modern interpretations of traditional South African artwork."

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