Jesse Kriel and some of his Bulls teammates show off the new away kit. Photo:

The Blue Bulls says their new yellow, white and blue away kit is a tribute to former African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are also from Tshwane.

The Bulls unveiled the kit on Saturday morning, leading to some people on social media dubbing them the “Mamelodi Blue Bulls”.

The Bulls said in a statement that they have the same kit supplier, Puma, as Sundowns, and that they “will face their opponents in true Bafana Ba Style fashion, emulating the Brazilians flair on field whilst carrying the same elements found on the Bulls home kit”.

Sundowns play many of their home games at the Bulls’ Loftus Versfeld stadium.

Bulls chief executive Barend van Graan said: “The Vodacom Bulls have always believed in a bigger dream of uniting Tshwane, one that ensures that we fight to uphold the pride of our city.

“Both teams represent this beautiful city, and we believe that sharing our colours is a great way of expressing that. This alignment no doubt also shows an amazing unity, not only between the brands, but also the sporting codes.

“The bold move also shows the Bulls’ willingness to embrace and unite, to be leaders and torch bearers in the process of continually unifying our people.”

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