The Premier League is in full flow now, with Manchester City flying high at the summit of the table.
But will it look a little different once all the African stars jet off to Gabon & Equatorial Guinea come January?
Yes, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is nearly upon us and today PUMA have launched their new kit ranges for the upcoming tournament.
Today’s swanky event at the Design Museum in London brought together high profile football players and from each of the 10 PUMA partnered teams, including Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, Steven Pienaar of South Africa and Yaya Touré of Ivory Coast.
PUMA does indeed have a celebrated history with African football, each year bringing something new and different to the football category. Who can forget the Cameroon Unikit in 2004!?
The PUMA partnered African national teams represented include Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Namibia, Senegal, Togo, Gabon, Burkina Faso and PUMA’s newest partner South Africa, which signed with the sportlifestyle brand in June 2011.
The technical kits have been designed to maximise the player’s on-pitch performance. The jersey fits the body closely to avoid grabbing from the opponent, it also emphasises the physique of the players, allowing them to exhibit their physical presence on the pitch. The fabric features PUMA’s U.S.P Moisture Management technology, enhancing body performance by dragging moisture away from the body, enhancing air flow and keeping the body at the ultimate performance temperature.
Each kit is designed by a renowned artist from the Creative African Network (CAN) – a PUMA platform connecting and promoting artists from and in Africa. This unique collaboration is complemented by a month-long exhibition at the Design Museum, London that showcases the artists’ design inspirations.
The exhibition is open for public viewing from November 8 – 27, 2011, 10.00am – 17.45pm.