Zifa dumps kit sponsor Legea?


The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is mulling dumping their kit supplier Legea.
Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya yesterday questioned the existence of a binding contract for the Warriors and other national teams to stick to the Italian manufactured sportswear.
According to Legea representative Luc Verheyen, Zimbabwe have a binding contract with Legea which expires in 2011. All national teams are required to use the Legea kit until the expiry of the contract.
But Rushwaya said: “We never entered into an agreement with Legea. The previous Zifa board signed a contract with a so- called representative (Verheyen) who was later disregarded by Legea themselves.
“Legea said Verheyen was not their representative. It is on these grounds that we are questioning this Legea deal.”
Rushwaya’s comments come after Zimbabwe twice defied Legea’s call to stop wearing rival brand Adidas during their matches. The Warriors wore the Adidas brand during their friendly matches against South Africa and Japan in February and June respectively. Belgium- based Verheyen was in February quoted as saying: “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.”
Legea also dresses former champions CAPS United who are representing the country in the African Confederations Cup .
The Italian company supplies kit to 34 clubs in Europe and five national teams; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Zimbabwe and North Korea under their brand. North Korea are currently taking part in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In a related development, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has offered its association’s technical assistance which include supplying them with kits. Caf is sponsored by Adidas.
In a letter dated 13 June, Caf marketing director Amr Shaheen wrote: “Caf is offering to national associations affiliated to it, subject to those national associations not having any existing agreement with a technical sponsor or official outfitter.
“Caf will assume full costs of the equipment and sports material provided to the national association as part of its assistance programme.”
All applications, Shaheem said, must be submitted by 1 July 2010.