Sunday, September 24, 2023

Zebras get new stripes ahead of COSAFA Tourney

Botswana Football Association (BFA) in partnership with their official technical apparel partner, All Kasi is expected to launch the new national teams’ kit next month.  The New Jersey is expected to be donned for the first time when the national team competes in the upcoming COSAFA cup slated for South Africa during the winter break.

Tumo Mpatane, the BFA mouthpiece confirmed the development saying expectations are that the jerseys arrive end of April with a hope to launch in May. ‘’We are just about to launch our latest jersey with the technical sponsor and we are hopeful that before end of May the jerseys will be ready,” Mpatane told Sunday Standard.

Despite matrimony between BFA and All Kasi coming to an end in January 2019, Mpatane said they are still contracted and will proceed with the latest replica. The three year contract between BFA and All Kasi was penned in January 2016.

‘’We are in a fruitful relationship with All Kasi and respect the matrimony. We are professionals and we will be launching the national team kit soon and we are hopeful that Batswana will be supportive,” said Mpatane.

However, Sunday Standard investigations have established that with the contract ending in seven months, former technical sponsor, Umbro is allegedly sniffing around to rekindle their relationship with Botswana football governing body. Formerly BFA technical sponsor, Umbro lost its stable as the BFA official technical sponsor end of 2015 when All Kasi took over in 2016.

‘’We cannot mention any other partner while we are still contracted to All Kasi, at this point our matrimony with our technical sponsor is fruitful and we are still focused,” revealed Mpatane.

The new replica package is said to include branded national team caps, back packers track pants and various ranges of apparel that will suit national team supporters during various climate conditions. In an interview with Sunday Standard, All Kasi Frank ‘Barnes’ Maplanka remained cagey on the matter saying he cannot divulge anything at the moment as nothing has been finalised yet.

‘’At this moment there is nothing much to reveal as we are still working on a few logistics. Everything will be communicated when we close the matter but obviously national teams often change kits,” said Maplanka.


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