Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions will be wearing slightly modified kits (jerseys) for the next two years designed by their Germany based suppliers PUMA.
The Lions might feature in their new home kit against Togo on 10 October 2009 during a crucial FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifier in Yaounde, sources at the Cameroon football Federation say.
“PUMA has released new designs for all teams for which they supply kits and those in Africa are expected to appear in these jerseys between now and the start of the Africa Cup of Nations,” a FECAFOOT official told Gef’s Football Club.
The new shirt (see picture) is not very different from the current model. It is green, featuring a new Puma v.10 design with traditional African cutlines. The front of this football shirt is made from a smooth polyester fabric while the back is finished with a jaquard Kinte design, says ACA Sports limited, a sports-wear shop.
The shirt features a Cameroon Football Federation kit badge on the right chest, Indomitable Lion logo on the left, as well as mesh sleeves with Puma logo’s on the centre of chest and shoulders and a the imprint of a lion near the right sleeve.
It is definitely not as inventive as the sleeveless shirts released in 2002 nor as trendsetting as the all-in-one (UniQT) outfit that the Lions wore in 2004. On both occasions, footballs world governing body (FIFA) were unimpressed. The body barred the lions from playing in their sleeveless piece at the 2002 World Cup and deducted points from Cameroon before the qualifiers of the 2006 World Cup in Germany started after the team appeared in their UniQT ensemble in 2004.
The points were to be reinstated later but PUMA took legal action against FIFA in international jurisdictions. FIFA finally reached an amicable deal with PUMA in what observers saw as a face saver for the governing body whose loose dressing rules had provided space for PUMA’s cutting-edge creativity.
However, since that settlement, PUMA has stopped being daring with their designs. Their kits have become a sort of one model fits all. This means the new Cameroon 2010 to 2012 football shirt made by Puma principally to be worn at the upcoming African cup of Nations in Angola will be the same for Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Angola and a host of other teams currently dealing with the German kit manufacturer.
Was it part of the deal with FIFA?