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Nike confirms Safa sponsorship

Nike has confirmed it has signed a five-year sponsorship with Safa from 1 February.

Nike has confirmed it has signed a five-year sponsorship with Safa from 1 February.. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Nike Inc. and the South African Football Association (Safa) have announced a new partnership that will see the sports company design and develop football kits for the men's and women's South African national football teams.

The five-year partnership starts 1 February, 2014, with all national teams receiving Nike's team kits across performance, training and equipment, including match balls.

"This partnership signifies Nike's deep commitment to support and advance South African football at all levels of the game, from the national team to grassroots football," said Nike Africa General Manager Laurent Payre.

"We look forward to providing innovative product technology to help players reach their full potential, and to helping shape the future success of South African football."

Nike will provide a limited edition kit for Bafana Bafana for their international friendly against Brazil in Johannesburg on 5 March and all senior national teams competing until December 2014.

The 2015-2016 kit will be unveiled in November 2014, with an assortment of supporter-wear available from early January 2015.

The partnership also provides SAFA with access to the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto.