Zifa president Felton Kamambo has explained why they engaged Umbro to supply kits for the all national teams, including the women’s and various age-groups.

The football body unveiled a three-year deal with the British sportswear company in Harare yesterday. The consignment includes training equipment, travelling gear and playing kits.

Umbro will also provide replicas for sale to the supporters with the first batch of the consignment expected before the Warriors’ Afcon qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville next month.

“We went to South Africa last week where we engaged quite a number of kit sponsors and we settled for Umbro because they were giving us the best deal. We are optimistic that our partnership with Umbro will enhance our visibility as a football brand,” Kamambo told Herald.

“Umbro has the capacity to provide replicas for our supporters, unlike previously when it was almost impossible to get national team football jerseys.

“We have agreed on a five percent revenue of the replica sales. This will be revised each year, the five percent was just the starting point. The bulk of the other kit sponsors were far much less than that.

“Even Umbro initially were much less than the five percent but from the negotiations we managed to get that. We will also get some discounts if we buy replicas in bulk for resale.”

Meanwhile, the association has already submitted specifications to Umbro so that a kit will be available for the senior team and Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.

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