adidas, the official match ball supplier for AFCON and all FIFA sanctioned tournaments, today announced Katlego as the official match ball name for the 2013 AFCON tournament to be played in South Africa.
Katlego, which means ’success’ beat alternate names khanya (which means light) and motswako (which means mixture/medley) as the official match ball name, was chosen by African football fans – via an three week online competition – across the continent as the chosen name for what will be adidas’ fourth consecutive sponsorship of the AFCON official match ball.
“adidas is proud to be at the helm of the production and the naming of yet one more South African-inspired official match ball following the resounding successes of both the Kopanya and Jabulani match balls, which were launched for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup respectively,” says Zobuzwe Ngobese, PR manager at adidas South Africa. “This will be adidas’ fourth official match ball for the AFCON since its partnership with the federation in 2008.”
The competition, which was hosted by the SuperSport and CAF websites during the course of 6 to 19 February 2012, gave African football fans the unique opportunity to cast their votes and to make history.
“We are confident the 2013 AFCON tournament will be a resounding success as the name of the official match ball suggests,” adds Ngobese.
The overall design and the technology utilized in the making of Katlego will be officially unveiled in October 2012.
Ismail Badmus of Nigeria, was also announced today as the voter who wins a double ticket and trip for two to the watch the final match of the 2013 AFCON tournament in South Africa.