HARARE – Zimbabwe Football Association’s Normalisation Committee (NC) has unveiled an exciting partnership with the renowned German sportswear manufacturer Puma, becoming the official kit sponsor for all national teams in Zimbabwe.
This significant development comes after the expiration of the previous Umbro deal last year, which was not renewed due to the FIFA suspension of football activities in the country.
Normalisation committee member Rosemary Mugadza confirmed this milestone during an interview on ZTN Prime’s The Couch show, expressing the committee’s eagerness to secure a new kit sponsor.
“The Umbro deal lapsed in 2019/20 somewhere there. We have just said as the NC we needed to look for our own deal.
“The good part is we managed to seal the deal with Puma three days ago (on Monday) and fortunately we managed to get the new branded Puma kit before the Mighty Warriors travel for 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa on Tuesday.
“All the national teams will be using the Puma kit. If the U20’s go to COSAFA, they will have the Puma kit, the same as the U17 boys and girls, they will be using the new Puma kit. But the unveiling part will be done probably next year,” Mugadza explained.
Zimbabwe strikes Puma gold?
This partnership with Puma signifies a crucial step forward in ensuring that Zimbabwe’s national football teams are not only well-equipped but also sharply dressed on the international stage.
The Mighty Warriors, Zimbabwe’s senior women’s national football team, will be the first to proudly sport the new Puma kit as they take to the Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium in Tshwane for their 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship Group C opener against Lesotho.
While the partnership with Puma has already been sealed, the official launch of the new kit is scheduled for next year, promising exciting developments and fresh attire for Zimbabwean national teams.
The partnership is anticipated to bolster Zimbabwean football and enhance its visibility on the global stage.