By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ORLANDO Pirates players are confident that their new jersey will motivate them do well this season in the domestic league.
Among players who were excited about the new jersey include Tlou Segolela who said the new-look with a collar is like the replica of what they used to wear during the 2010/11 season which saw them won triple and they will not go wrong with this one.
Speaking at the launch which saw adidas South Africa unveiled the new jersey for home and away for the up for the upcoming 2014/15 season, Segolela said: “In 2010/11 season we had the similar jersey with a collar and we went all the way to win triple, and I don’t see any reason why this new one will not motivate us to do the same in this upcoming season.”
Both the home and away jersey designs include a white collar, which returns after being last seen in 2011 with the 75th anniversary jersey edition, a jersey of great significance in the Club’s history as it was worn in the first of back-to-back trebles.
Last season the Club went back to black in keeping with tradition. The 2014/15 home kit remains black, with the away kit being red – the fans’ favourite. Along with the player names and numbers, the adidas 3 stripes feature on both the shoulders and shorts in white.
“We are very excited for this season’s Orlando Pirates kit,” commented Gugu Ntuli, PR Manager at adidas South Africa. “Our strong relationship with this legendary Club has allowed for our designers to create something special for our players and their fans,” added Ntuli.
The 2014/15 home and away kit includes a band/bridge across the back of the neck, a design feature on all the football garments as used by the large adidas sponsored European teams.
The new kit incorporates the latest adidas technologies to ensure it gives the Orlando Pirates players a competitive edge on the pitch:
ClimaCool™ – adidas ClimaCool technology provides a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics to improve air flow to the skin in key heat zones meaning that when the likes of Oupa Manyisa and Happy Jele heat up during midfield battles and overlapping runs respectively, ClimaCool ensures that they remain cool.
TechFit™ – Designed to help improve speed, endurance and awareness, TechFit stabilises muscles and focuses energy. This helps players like Daine Klate and Tlou Segolela to generate explosive acceleration and deliver maximum power output as they take on defenders on their way to goal.
An unofficial green home jersey was “leaked” a few days ago, causing a social media frenzy. adidas developed this pre-campaign teaser to drive the #allinPirates fans to their 3 stripes CRM platform. For every 10th sign-up, a brazuca ball was donated to an underprivileged school in Soweto.
Tokoloho Moeketsi, Brand Activation Manager at Orlando Pirates Football Club, added: “We worked closely with adidas to create this fun teaser, where our players genuinely thought they would be playing in a green home jersey for this season. It was all for a good cause in the end and our players appreciated their new black kit even more.”
The new home and away kit is now available at adidas Performance stores and many sports retailers countrywide at the recommended retail price of R699. Pirates will play in the new jersey against traditional arch-rivals, Kaizer Chiefs during the forthcoming Carling Black Label Cup billed for FNB Stadium on July 26.