Zifa court Puma, Adidas

Enock Muchinjo

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) could finally be succumbing to pressure to sign up a reputable kit supplier for the Warriors to replace little-known Belgian brand Legea.
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Legea has been pressing for a deal with Zifa by supplying free kits for the Warriors in their just ended World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.


Zifa chairman Rafik Khan this week said the football body had already sent contract proposals to international sportswear giants Adidas and Puma as the association seeks to sign an agreement and acquire kits before the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt in January.


Khan, however, said Legea were still in the running and have been shortlisted alongside Adidas and Puma to become the official kit supplier for all Zimbabwe national teams.


Khan said Legea would supply another batch of kits for the Warriors next week. The Belgian company has been unable to supply the Warriors with an extra strip and training kits, which pitiably forced the Warriors to wear red Nike shorts, used for training, in their final qualifier away to Nigeria to avoid a clash with the all-green kit worn by the Super Eagles.


“We want the best kit supplier for the team,” Khan said. “That is why we have written to Puma and Adidas. We want the best deal. We looked at the history of the two companies, and also we wanted someone close. Puma have their offices in South Africa, and Adidas are the official kit supplier for South African teams. We have done our homework in weighing our options.”


An agreement would be unveiled in the next few weeks, Khan said.


Meanwhile, it is a case of dog eat dog at the bottom of the Buddie Premier Soccer League as reeling giants Dynamos come up against fellow strugglers Amazulu at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.


Both teams desperately need a result to revitalise hopes of avoiding looming demotion from the top-flight league. Three points separate third-from-bottom Dynamos and Amazulu, who lie 11th on the 16-team log.


For Dynamos, a defeat will usher the popular Harare side closer to the exit door of the premiership. Inconsistency has been the main enemy for DeMbare on the field.


Having collected four points from three games, and suffering a 1-2 defeat to rivals Caps United in a match they clearly could have won, the former champions went to Mutare last week with renewed buoyancy. But premier league debutants Monomotapa had other ideas. They handed Dynamos a thorough 3-0 beating.


Tomorrow, defending champions Caps United could close in on their second straight title with a win over Sundowns at Pelandaba in Bulawayo.

The champions will watch closely the outcome of the top-of-the-bill clash between second-placed Masvingo United and Buymore at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow. The two sides are Caps’ nearest rivals for the title.


Full Buddie PSL fixtures:


Tomorrow: Motor Action v Eiffel Flats (Sakubva), Railstars v Chapungu (Barbourfields), Buymore v Masvingo (NSS), Sundowns v Caps United (Pelandaba).


Sunday: Shabani Mine v Black Rhinos (Maglas), Lancashire Steel v Hwange (Baghdad), Dynamos v Amazulu (Rufaro), Highlanders v Monomotapa (Barbourfields).

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