Nike ready to replace Adidas as Bafana Bafana shirt sponsor
July 2, 2010
Sportswear manufacturer Nike are reportedly ready to become the official shirt sponsor of the South African national football team after it emerged the South African Football Federation (SAFA) were on the verge of ending their 12-year relationship with Adidas.
Adidas will have the first right of first refusal when its contract with the SAFA expires at the end of this year, cheap but the two parties may go their separate ways, here allowing Nike to fill the void after having made an impressive presentation to the SAFA.
Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, pharmacy vice-president of the SAFA, said: “Our contract with Adidas is about to come to an end and that means we are open to offers. We will start with them (Adidas) because they have rights of first refusal but if we feel that our value is higher than what they offer us, then obviously we will have to look elsewhere.”
The relationship between the SAFA and Adidas has become strained ever since the old SAFA regime, lead by former president Molefi Oliphant, tried to cut costs and told Adidas to stop making replica shirts with the protea emblem on.