Tutu inspired new Bafana kit

2011-11-08 12:04

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana will don a new look when they take to the field against Côte d'Ivoire the 2011 Nelson Mandela Challenge on Saturday.

Puma, Bafana’s official technical sponsor, unveiled the new creation, designed by the brother Essop, Hasan and Husain at the opening of a month-long African football art display in London.

Bafana captain, Steven Pienaar, who is also sponsored by Puma, was on hand to model the new jersey which feature rainbow graphics inspired by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s coining of the phrase – ‘Rainbow Nation’.

“Our design was influenced by South Africa’s diversity of cultures and how we have grown as a Nation. We worked with the Puma design team to help us create a symbol that would reflect South African spirit,” the Essop brothers said on SAFA's website.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani agreed: “When Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the phrase the Rainbow Nation he captured the unique character of our country, and how our different peoples would work together to make our country great.

“It is appropriate that the new rainbow kit design has been launched in the year of the Archbishop’s 80th birthday. We believe we have a kit and a team which can unite our fans behind the Bafana Bafana cause.”

Footballers who sport Puma as their boot sponsor include African stars: Samuel Eto’o, John Mensah and Yaya Touré, while Cesc Fabregas, Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero and Falcão have all recently signed with the German apparel company.

The new kits of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Algeria, Namibia, Senegal, Togo, Gabon and Burkina Faso - the nine other African countries who Puma sponsor - were also unveiled at the exhibition.

According to Puma, the kit is designed to “maximise players’ performance” and “enable players to exhibit their physical presence on the pitch”.

“The new team kit from PUMA is technically advanced, looks great and tells the unique and wonderful story of our country. The players will wear it with pride,” said Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane.


  • garth.manuel - 2011-11-08 12:36

    looks awsome, now if only there was a tournament they could wear it in.......

      pcrous - 2011-11-08 13:06

      Please tell me what's the Arch got to do with this all? He can't even read his Bible anymore or is it the Koran. Seems he out of touch. Should be inspired by the Bible, of hoe?

      roboman1 - 2011-11-08 14:04

      Considering the purple dress like garments I have seen Tutu in, this is hardly inspiring!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-08 14:07

      All it needs now is a Springbok on it. Ooooops, no, they would have to start winning before they can wear such a symbol of excellence, at this stage, maybe it is better that they stick with their ANC colours on it

  • TheWally - 2011-11-08 12:39

    was this kit made in China perhaps? lol

  • Garth - 2011-11-08 12:41

    Looks a bit like ANC colours around the collar...

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-09 12:24


  • Jonathan - 2011-11-08 12:48

    WHAT THE FRIKKADEL !!! ANC colors? Seeing that they're at it, they might as well replace the protea with the ANC logo !!!

  • Alan - 2011-11-08 12:52

    Tutu did NOT coin the phrase Rainbow 'Black and White' by Shiva Naipaul, published in 1980.

  • John - 2011-11-08 12:56

    Looking at the kit I guess it must have taken all of 37 seconds to design.

  • barrybru - 2011-11-08 13:16

    What's up with the ANC flag colours around the collar? Since when have our national sports colours been green, gold and black? Why is it there? Sports politics seperation FAIL!

  • Dalai - 2011-11-08 13:40

    This is a man who couldn't help me get a visa for heavens sake!

      Andrew - 2011-11-08 20:36

      Maybe he'll send you a jersey? Oh, wait, it was probably made in China...

  • kupido.baron - 2011-11-08 13:41

    Lovely jersey... I definitely need to get me one... Go boys, make us proud at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday against Ivory Coast.

  • Gabriel - 2011-11-08 14:20

    Whites before you guys point out the ANC flag on the collar i want you to look in the left corner of the jersey it is the DA logo, yes its the GREEN YELLOW RED AND BLUE of the da and guess what it even has the wave effect so it looks like the logo, just like the collar does the ANC, sad that the jersey has all this political advertising but look at the jersey in the flesh and you will see its actually quite nice, both party's have their colors on the top so can we all get along now,

      barrybru - 2011-11-08 14:40

      Where exactly are you looking?

      Gerald - 2011-11-08 14:41

      @ Gabriel What are you talking about. All that is on the jersey are the following logos and badges and symbols. Both sleeves Puma Logo Centre of chest Puma Logo,on left of Pienaar SA Sports Logo , On right of Pienaar SAFA Logo You are making excuses

      Gabriel - 2011-11-08 15:05, look at the full shirt, now go and see it in totalsports and you will see the DA colors.

      barrybru - 2011-11-08 15:21

      @Gabriel i've just had a look at as you suggested. You have to be joking about the DA colours. It does have a few other lines of colour, but these are colours from the South African flag, not the DA colours. The reality is that it blatantly has the ANC flag (colours) on the collar. Please explain the reason for the black stripe, and it's positioning, other than it being from the ANC flag and made to resemble the flag?

      Gabriel - 2011-11-08 15:27

      hey man not going to argue but if you look here it does kind of resemble the DA logo, but hey i aslo disagree with the collar, and i am white by the way, i have seen this jersey in my hands and it does to me look like both logo's are on there, but anyway i dont support bafana so it does not bother me.

      barrybru - 2011-11-08 15:33

      Cool bru. I'm actually over whole thing. Just like a good debate. Let's hope they can start playing some good soccer. This is a non issue compared to some of the other things going on in SA at the mo.

      Gabriel - 2011-11-08 15:45

      Agreed man the sad thing besides the poltical coloring of the DA and ANC on the jersey, is its actually a very nice top, even though i dont support them i would have bought it.

  • Sbusiso - 2011-11-08 16:08

    it was gona b great if we did qulifier 4 afcon

  • HagenDan - 2011-11-08 22:39

    Wait, I thought Puma made a new kit for us about two months ago? Glad I didn't fork out R700 on that one. All these updates, it's worse than buying a bloody PC!

  • HagenDan - 2011-11-08 22:43

    But ya, I looked at this kit and first thing I said was "Tutu!". Crazy coincidence when I read the article title.

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