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Nike unveils SA National Football team kit for 2014

Written By Themba Khumalo on Thursday, December 4, 2014 | Thursday, December 04, 2014

An invigorating and classic new Bafana Bafana kit encourages team to push past yesteryear as they head into the African Cup of Nations in January 2015.
Nike and the South African Football Association (SAFA) yesterday revealed the new home and away kits for the national football team. 
The kits are infused with the passion of the national team.  The green and gold colors reflect heritage and modernism and are coupled with the most innovative performance technologies.
South African footballer, Sibusiso Vilakazi says: “The new kit is very light and has a great fit. The simplicity of the design and the use of the green and gold makes this a striking kit and I can’t wait to play in it.”
The gold home jersey features a classic flat green collar with a single gold stripe on the inside back of the collar, and has green cuffs on the sleeves. The King Protea, South Africa’s national flower, is emblazoned on the left chest, with the SAFA logo centered below the front of the V-neck. The South African flag rests on the outer back of the neck.
A solid gold stripe runs down the sides of the green shorts.  Gold socks with a bold green top cuff complete the home kit.
The away jersey is green, and is paired with gold shorts and green socks that use the same features as the home kit. The jersey and shorts feature a slimmer fit that more tailored to the body, enabling player to perform better without the moisture drag.
“We are very proud of our new kit which reflects the pride of our nation and the future of great football. Bafana Bafana are shining through to the African Cup of Nations and the new kit is an inspirational one, pushing them to fight against past missed opportunities, while reflecting on past accomplishments,” says Danny Jordaan, President, South African Football Association.
The kit also showcases Nike’s key technological features.
The kits are crafted from dual-knit fabric consisting of both cotton and recycled polyester, helping to regulate player body temperature over the course of a match.  Using a combination of Nike Dri-FIT technology, a ‘burnout’ mesh and laser-cut ventilation holes, designers are able to localize cooling where players need it most. The holes and mesh panels further improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and regulating their temperature through the 90 minutes on pitch.
In line with Nike’s commitment to superior performance with lower environmental impact, the full kit features fabric made from recycled polyester. Each kit represents an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, with 100 percent recycled polyester in the short and 96 percent recycled polyester in the jersey. Since 2010, Nike has diverted almost two billion bottles from landfills, enough to cover more than 2,800 full-sized football pitches. 
Nike designers utilized three-dimensional body scans of elite footballers to collect data on the form of today’s players and identify an updated fit to improve comfort and allow the body to move more naturally within the kit.
The new Nike Pro baselayer is the lightest ever from Nike and features increased venting and breathability. The Nike Pro baselayers are designed for the varying temperatures and conditions athletes will encounter when playing at home, on the continent and internationally.
The new South Africa football jersey will be available from December 11.
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