Zifa defy kit supplier again

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is headed for a clash with the Warriors kit sponsor, Legea following Zimbabwe’s donning of rival brand Adidas in an international friendly match against Japan in George, South Africa last week.
Legea are the official kit suppliers for the Norman Mapeza coached side and also dress former champions CAPS United who are representing the country in the CAF Confederations Cup this season.
The Italian company supplies kits to 34 clubs in Europe and five national teams; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Zimbabwe and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea under their brand. DPRK are currently taking part in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
They are headquartered in Pompei and have a contract with the football governing body which expires in 2011. All national teams are required to use the Legea kit until the expiry of the contract.
Although efforts to get a comment from Legea Zimbabwe representative Luc Verheyen were fruitless yesterday, the Belgian was quoted in the press fuming in February after Zimbabwe used the same adidas kit in another friendly against 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa.
Verheyen charged that Zimbabwe were in breach of contract for using the kit at the magnificent Moses Mabhidha Stadium.
He said at that time: “We are very surprised that the Warriors were playing against South Africa and not in their Legea outfit. There is still a contract running with Zifa till 2011. We will look for the reason behind this issue,” he was quoted as saying.
But Zifa again ignored Verheyen’s warning last week after the Warriors wore the three striped adidas in the 0-0 practice match against the Japanese. Zifa board member for marketing Nigel Munyati’s mobile repulsed incoming calls yesterday.
Legea which was founded in 1990, is one of the most popular brands among Italian amateur football teams and is now heavily expanding among top division professional clubs in Europe. They also distribute in Canada and the United States.
The practice match against Japan was organised at the last minute after the Asians’ plan to play Mozambique fell apart. Zimbabwe had played Brazil in Harare before that using the Legea kit.