By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE South African Football Association (SAFA) is expected to unveil Puma as the new technical sponsor for Bafana Bafana in Sandton on Monday morning.
Bafana who were sponsored by addidas are currently without a kit sponsor, and SAFA is expected to put the speculations about their new sponsors which have been going on for a while now to rest when the official announcement is made on Monday.
The latest development means that Bafana will no longer take on their Kenyan opponents “naked” as some people were making mockery of them due to lack of a sponsor. The friendly international match against Kenya takes place in Phokeng’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West.
Earlier in the week during Bafana’s team announcement, the SAFA president, Kirsten Nematendani ducked and dived when media made enquiries about the new technical sponsor to replace addidas.
“The issue about the company to replace addidas as our new technical sponsor will be dealt with at its own time,” said Nematendani then.
Apart from South Africa, Puma has over the years a technical sponsor for a number of national teams both here in Africa and overseas.
Other African teams to be in the list include Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Senegal just to mention few. Puma were well represented during the 2010 FIFA World Cup here in the country, and apart from their overseas based sponsored national teams, they had four African teams such as Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast participating in the first African world cup.
Meanwhile the tickets for the Bafana-Kenya are already on sale. They can be found at Computicket and Shoprite outlets countrywide. Tickets for Tier one and two (lower and middle seats) are on sale for one hundred rand (R100) each while Tier three (upper seats) tickets sell for fifty rand (R50) each.