Safa welcomes Nike deal

President Danny Jordaan has welcomed the news that Nike is to be the new technical sponsor of Safa.

Safa President Danny Jordaan has welcomed the news that Nike is to be the new technical sponsor of Safa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has refused to put a figure on the association's technical sponsorship deal with Nike.

It was announced earlier today that the apparel giant will be the association's technical sponsor for the next five years, with the deal commencing from 1 February.

While Jordaan has refused to be drawn on how much the deal is worth, he has revealed how much it cost a year to sponsor the country's national teams.

"We have nine national teams and we spent in the area of R20 million a year on making sure that they have the necessary technical requirements to participate internationally. It's a significant contribution to make sure our teams will be readying for the international competitions."

Jordaan says the deal with Nike is the beginning of the rebuilding process for the association following recent failings.

"The partnership with Nike is the beginning of the next five years to rebuild the image of South African football."

As part of the sponsorship deal with Nike, Bafana Bafana will wear a limited edition kit for the friendly against Brazil on March 5 before an official kit is launched in November.

Jordaan says the limited edition kit to be worn by Bafana in the match against Brazil is one fans should go out and get.

"When we unveil the jersey for the match you'll see why it's called 'a limited edition'. It's a once-off and it will be a collectors item."

Safa suffered series of setbacks last year when Puma confirmed that it would be cutting ties with the association following match-fixing allegations made against the association, along with inappropriate responses from within the football organisation, including the suspension of senior officials.

The agreement with Nike also provides Safa with access to the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto.