SAFA to ditch Nike?

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The SA Football Association is working around the clock to sign a lucrative technical sponsor deal with one of Germany’s top sportwear companies.

Nike is currently in charge of kitting all SAFA Men and Women’s national teams which includes Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana.

But rumour has it that the contract between the American manufacturer and SAFA is expected to come to an end on 31 December 2019 with an unnamed German sportswear company taking charge of clothing all SAFA national teams from 1 January 2020.

“They are expected to meet once again this week, that will be their final meeting and I’m sure they will sign all the necessary documents and seal the deal once and for all,” said our source.

Upon digging and searching for more clues and information we further discovered that it is not one sportswear company that SAFA are looking at, but rather 2 big rival companies.

“It is between Adidas and Puma, that is all I can tell you. But I doubt they will sign the Puma deal because you remember how it ended the last time (Puma terminated their sponsorship with SAFA in 2013 after Bafana Bafana were allegedly involved in a match-fixing scandal ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

“So I don’t think the deal with Puma will be concluded.”

During the Telkom Knockout Final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, SAFA match officials were kitted in Adidas merchandise and not in their usual Nike merchandise which prompted us to dig even further into this.

We then spoke to SAFA Head of referees department Tenda Masikhwa who explained why the match officials were in adidas tracksuits in the final

“In cup games match officials are dressed by the Premier Soccer League. The PSL provides the kit for the referees in Cup games. You would also notice that they wore the OUTsurance kit. But before the game when they arrived at the stadium they were dressed in their normal (Nike) kits.”

By Shane Matsoyane

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