SAFA want cheaper shirts

2011-06-08 14:20

Johannesburg - SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani is campaigning for Bafana Bafana's new Puma shirt to be priced below the previous one.

Puma's new sponsorship deal with the South African national team was announced on Tuesday and is set to commence on July 1 and run until after the 2018 World Cup.

Nematandani voiced concerns for the average Bafana Bafana supporter after complaints during the 2010 World Cup that the price of the old shirt was too high.

"We were quite clear to Puma about having the average South African football supporter in mind when they decide on how much they will sell the jersey for," said Nematandani.

"We won't accept the R599 as the required amount to own a national team jersey; it has to be a bit less than that. We know some of our fans cannot afford that price."

It has been confirmed there would be no repeat of the drama which ensued when Adidas launched South Africa's World Cup jersey without the protea emblem, a move that infuriated the parliamentary sports committee.

However, Puma's head of global sports marketing Christian Voigt made no commitment to a lower price range for the new attire.

"Our prices have to be market-related and competitive, but we have not yet made a decision on how much they will cost," said Voigt. 


  • Bob - 2011-06-08 14:37

    I wont b buying that jersey no matter how cheap it is unoriginal n in bad taste.that shirt is horrendous.

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-06-08 14:39

    "Our prices have to be market-related and competitive" ? It is only market related bacause someone decided to charge so much. If you drop prices then there will be pressure on others sports to do the same - prices are ridiculous! In fact, supporters should be PAID to wear the shirts since they are walking advertisements for all the sponsor that appear on the jersye! Get your money for the shirts from the sponsers - that is how advertising works!

      Leviathan - 2011-06-08 15:23

      ur right but it doesnt matter if SAFA say shirts should b less. Sportsman warehouse, etc wil still charge nearly R600 a shirt. Retailers dont care jst get more profit. They charge round the same price every where try to rip off the public. very sad!

      Biebap - 2011-06-08 17:03

      I will get my Hong Fong one at William Nicol for R80.

  • cmtha - 2011-06-08 14:51

    why did they had to copy Tottenham jersey? i wont buy it...are we not that important to PUMA?

      inonel - 2011-06-17 10:33

      When i saw those guys wearing, i thot maybe its vodacom challenge conference trust me

  • matubeng - 2011-06-08 15:01

    He should have brought the matter during the negotiations for sponsorship than call a press conference to tell us. I will buy a FONG KONG replica shirt in Marabastad-Pretoria anyway, it would be cheaper.

      Nthlarhi - 2011-06-08 16:13

      Why award someone a tender without T & Cs and then try to add them after the tender has been signed?

  • lenand40 - 2011-06-08 15:04

    The price of the shirt will be determined by the desirability of the commodity (Bafana). The more they win, the more in demand their shirt will be. Endless losses will cheapen even the best quality shirt.

  • the_truth - 2011-06-08 15:17

    Buy from China, they will sell specials to their communistic buddies.

  • Sonwabile - 2011-06-08 15:24

    that jersey is a crap i wont buy it

  • - 2011-06-08 15:25

    most of the stuff is made in the same sweat shop in Thailand where they make the knock-offs

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-06-08 15:31

    Ugly matter how cheap the jersey is I'll never buy it. Ba re tlwaela waitsi..SAFA Nxxxxxx..di tlaela.

      Karabo - 2011-06-10 06:21

      SAFA YAre tlwaela..B2NG PUMA! gaena LE VALUE SIS NXa basare nyontsha

  • Craig - 2011-06-08 15:38

    Some points to note: Yesterday they where all thankfull to have Puma sponsor, today they want Puma to cut their profits. Thats looking a gift horse in the mouth. No wonder they have been looking for a clothing sponsor since Jan. Cause you cant ask someone to sponsor you and then tell them what to do. It actually works the other way around. Puma dont decide out their own on what the jersey should look like. So if you dont like then speak to SAFA. Cause they would have final say on it.

  • Heronakamura - 2011-06-08 15:39

    I cannot wait for that Buffoon called Kirsten Nematandani to be moved sideways. He is useless!!!! How can he allow PUMA to sell him such CRAP!!

  • PEACE - 2011-06-08 15:53

    that jersey is ugly.........

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-08 15:58

    So you want the sponsorship money for your back pocket but now want cheaper merchandise? Typical.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-08 16:02

    So you want the sponsorship money for your back pocket but now want cheaper merchandise? Typical.

  • Tonsil - 2011-06-08 16:22

    The jearseys are fugly.

  • tibos2 - 2011-06-08 16:35

    if some1 want to buy the jersey the no matter how bad am expensive it is, if you dont lyk it just leave it to those who dont mind it, that jersey is cool and i am sure when you see people wearing it u will want it too. just that you dont know the technology behind it its design just wait for it when it hits the market people will flow buy it, thats is a king range kit same quality with addida and nike. safa and puma bring it on i will have my 1

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-08 16:35

    So you want the sponsorship money for your back pocket but now want cheaper merchandise? Typical.

  • markings - 2011-06-08 16:38

    I agree it has to be a bit less than that. R598? Why not be bold and aim for R299 with a first month special of R199?

  • werner.coetzer - 2011-06-08 16:47

    Drop the prices for the rugby jerseys too, why should we pay more for our games AND memoribilia than football supporters?

  • StBad - 2011-06-08 16:55

    This precedent of R500-R700 for sporting jerseys is ludicrous... good on you Kirsten! Maybe we should strike and demand a 25% price decrease, with a housing subsidy!

  • Garth - 2011-06-08 17:44

    Recently I travel overseas and decided to buy a shirt at Duty Free - Johannesburg where not Tax should be applicable. The shirt was priced at R80 - R100 more expensive than those for sale at Sportsmens Warehouse in Town. When I asked the shop attendant why, I was told that it was not for me but for the foreigners who were leaving and had a lot of rands in their pockets which they needed to spend and they are the last resort.

  • Sean Looney - 2011-06-08 20:11

    that shirt is from a cheap puma template? at least adidas made ORIGINAL designs for bafana instead of using a design they have in a catalogue! cheap crap!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-06-08 20:53

    Does this mean that if another sponsor comes in after 5 years they will also change the pattern of this Bafana strip? I really do not like this one. Maybe as time goes on we will get used to it and somehow embrace it. It might be that it feels much better when you touch it. I will ask Yeye.

  • MrTeaCan - 2011-06-09 12:31

    Kirsten is finally showing that e cares about S.A football.

  • Louie - 2011-06-10 13:27

    What is th kickback to SAFA officials for moving?

  • inonel - 2011-06-17 10:31

    who came with R899 price tag initially, why did SAFA wait form puma to announce the R899 price tag if they really want to be lower than R599. They should do their work properly before coming to the public with their unreasonable decision

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