CAPE TOWN – Here it is, in all its glory – the new Mamelodi Sundowns kit for the 2018/19 season!
The Premier Soccer League champions Masandawana unveiled the kit on Thursday, with kit suppliers PUMA saying the new jersey “leverages the personality of the team and their roots in Mamelodi, expressing how the Beat of Mamelodi brings to life”.
The traditional Brazil yellow is still there, but is supplemented by a ‘M’ that also symbolises what PUMA describe as the “heartbeat” of the players and fans.
The blue shorts and white socks have been retained.
“The campaign talks to the singing and dancing which has become a trademark of the team and the players, but also connects everyone through their daily hustle as they live and work in South Africa and prepare for each Sundowns football match,” says PUMA South Africa marketing director Brett Bellinger.
“The beat can be represented in a heartbeat – the fans and the team beating as one – and this is symbolised by a subtle M (for Mamelodi) heartbeat, which pulses across the front of the shirts.”
The away jersey is mainly white, with yellow and green sleeves, with white shorts and socks.
Oupa Manyisa and Themba Zwane modelled the new jerseys, and Sundowns spokesperson Thulani Thuswa said: “This is definitely a jersey fit for a club as ambitious and progressive as Mamelodi Sundowns.
“The evoKNIT technology featured in the new jerseys is ahead of its time, as PUMA once again lead the market with unique designs and continue to put The Brazilians ahead of the pack.
“In the 2018/19 season ,the boys will step out in style as we seek to stamp our authority on the local and continental scenes once again.
“We will also have even more fan gear on offer, and our card-carrying members will still enjoy a 20% discount.”
PUMA said that there are cooling zones in the shirt that helps to regulate the body’s temperature, while their dryCELL technology assists with dealing with moisture using high-performance yarns.
The company added that the jersey has a lightweight ‘second skin’ feel.
The new kit will be available on Friday at R799 at all leading sports goods retailers.@ashfakmohamed