No deal yet, says Umbro

HARARE - Football apparel and equipment manufacturer Umbro say they are yet to come up with a long term agreement to become the official kit supplier for the Zimbabwe football team. 

Last year, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) and Umbro entered into an agreement for the Warriors to wear the double diamond branded kit at the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in South Africa.

DOUBLE DIAMOND: The Zimbabwe national team pose for a photo outside the Umbro Montague Gardens shop in Cape Town last month during the Chan finals in South Africa. Picture: Umbro_SA

The agreement was only a pirate project which covered the Chan tournament only and for the Warriors to continue wearing the double diamond, a new deal has to be reached first between the two parties.

Donovan Bell, the director for sales and marketing Umbro South Africa, said: “Currently, the status quo remains, once we have discussed; and finalised any deal, I am sure the media will be informed.”

Zifa has been operating without an official technical sponsor since parting ways with Italian sportswear manufacturer Legea a number of years ago.

Since then, Zifa resorted to buying kit for the various national teams representing the country in international competitions.

Umbro are likely to have been pleased with the way Zimbabwe performed at Chan after unexpectedly reaching the semi-finals.

Zimbabwe, however, were knocked out by Libya, who eventually went on to win the tournament by beating Ghana on penalties.

Umbro, who have gone on a vigorous marketing drive in recent months, are likely to add the Warriors as part of their vast category of teams which spot the double diamond logo.

Recently, the Manchester-based sportswear manufacturer announced that they will be the new kit sponsor for English Premiership side Everton starting from next season which gets underway in August.

Umbro have also roped in Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos to be their brand ambassador ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

At the moment, the company is running a competition for young aspiring footballers to stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the World Cup in Brazil.

During his illustrious career, Carlos scored some incredible goals for Real Madrid and Brazil, most notably the free-kick against France in 1997, while wearing Umbro Speciali boots.

Inspired by this iconic goal, Umbro has teamed up with the Brazilian World Cup winner to find a new generation of players to score incredible goals.

To enter this competition, all one needs to do is simply download the Umbro Golaco application.

The application lets football players around the world upload videos of their finest goals and then share them with their friends online.

Comments (1)

lets not hv an embarrassing scenario where Umbro wants to sponsor Dynamosa nd pretents to sponsor the national team! there ! blue has never bn part of the zim national colours and it was sad to see them @ chan having blue bottoms!

manqoba mamamela - 12 February 2014

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