Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
ZIFA president Felton Kamambo has welcomed the new Umbro kit ahead of the Cosafa and Afcon tournaments.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the kit in Harare’s CBD, in a speech read on his behalf by Zifa board member Farai Jere, Kamambo described the Umbro deal as historic.
“As we continue to 2019 Afcon finals l am glad that all parties involved worked hard to make sure that our team gets quality apparel which befits their performances.
“I would like to express gratitude to Umbro representatives here and in South Africa for coming through to partner us.
“I would like to thank the Zifa board which made this deal happen, a lot of sectors thought we were sold a dummy by Umbro but we stuck with them.
“Today we are here witnessing a historic event a few days before our team departs for Egypt,” he said.
He added that the historic sponsorship is going to cover all national teams from the senior to under 23 including the ladies.
“This is only the beginning for us because we want to make sure that excellence within our team begins with their dressing.
“We are confident that the kit which we are unveiling will inspire national team players every time they step onto the field.
“In the new Zifa we don’t want to leave anything to fate that is why we want our players to focus only on the on field task without distractions like the unavailability of kit.
“We are also certain that we love the supporters, they will be replicas which will be available for sale around the country,” he said.
Brian Katzen, the Chairman of Umbro South Africa described the deal as exciting.
“We are really excited about developing a long term partnership with Zifa. Umbro is a pure football brand that has been around since 1924.
“We are football people and understand and love the game. We understand the needs and the desires for the fans and the players.
“We’ve listened to the fans and have taken their thoughts on the jersey to account. We are here for the long term, we look forward to a prosperous relationship,” he said.