adidas, the leading global football brand, has launched the newly designed Orlando Pirates home and away jerseys for the 2012/2013. The new kit is a tribute to the Soweto club that has achieved back-to-back League and Treble Cup victories, says Zobuzwe Ngobese, the Public Relations Manager at adidas SA.
“We are proud to be associated with a successful club like Orlando Pirates and we have come up with a design that is tailored for the champions. Our designers have used the 3D extra Orlando Pirates logo as opposed to the traditional embroidery on both the promo & replica jersey,” adds Ngobese
The range consists of two new designs: a Home Jersey (white and black) and an Away Jersey (Red). The red jersey has been carried over from last season and will be used as an alternative jersey. The most significant change is the use of the shadow striped design on the front panel. The use of the Orlando Pirates detail in the neck area has been maintained.
“Whilst our focus is always on providing for the future, it is equally important that we look to commemorate our long and rich heritage.
“In keeping with our 75 year celebration theme, we have decided once again to tap into our history books to draw inspiration from kits of yesteryear. The white top, black pants and white socks combination has been used many times before at the club, such as in the 60s but more recently in 1995 and 1996 when we won the African Champions Cup and Super Cup,” said Orlando Pirates Public Relations Manager, Mickey Modisane.
The jersey, designed and manufactured by adidas, also features innovative ClimaCool® technology.
“ClimaCool® is an adidas patented combination of performance fabrics consisting of open mesh and ventilation channels which keeps cool air flowing in and heat and sweat flowing out. It allows athletes to stay dry and comfortable and perform at their peak. With ClimaCool® apparel, athletes can keep their focus right where it needs to be – on the game” says Sangiorgo Gian-Paulo, adidas Category Manager for Football and Team Sports.
The players will wear the home jersey for the first time in the Carling Cup which takes place on July 28 at FNB Stadium. Jerseys will be available at adidas Concept Stores and selected retail outlets from this weekend.
Some Orlando Pirates players are expected to attend an autograph signing session at Maponya Mall next week.
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