The Barcelona new away jersey is remarkably similar to that of Kaizer Chiefs’ commemorative 50th-anniversary jersey and ‘Amakhosi’ marketing director, Jessica Motaung admits the club is taken aback by the indistinguishable nature of the two t-shirts.
Chiefs released their Black and Gold Nike jersey in January to celebrate the club’s half-century of existence with Barcelona recently unveiling their new jersey, which is more or less a duplicate of ‘The Glamour Boys’ jersey.
“Look, we were actually very instrumental in the design of our 50th-anniversary jersey. The chairman Kaizer Motaung was very clear about the colours. Because if you remember the chairman had a black jersey with gold that he wore many years ago,” said Jessica as quoted by TimesLives.co.za.
“I’ve had several discussions with Nike about it. They had the gold numbers and things like that. And that design was, and we were very specific. Some of the designs that we received were not quite there, and we were clear on the heritage and what we wanted,” she added.
“We were very clear about the importance and magnitude of it, and that it wasn’t a small milestone for us. And we appreciate the work that Nike has done.
“I was made aware of the new Barcelona design before it hit the market, and I have to be honest we were surprised. Also because of the major outcry for stock that we had [for the 50th jersey].
“This was a significant milestone that we knew would catapult demand. And we were advised about the lack of material that we used for our jersey. So we were surprised when we saw the Barcelona jersey.
“It’s a beautiful jersey and I hope that the gold and black does for Barcelona what it’s done for us,” concluded Motaung.
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