Fufa to unveil new shirt for Uganda Cranes
FOOTBALL | After more than a year into the promise, Fufa has finally revealed that the search for a new Uganda Cranes jersey is over. The FA spokesman Ahmed Hussein communicated that they will be unveiling the new shirt on Wednesday at Namboole.
The shirt will be used officially for the first time on Saturday when the Cranes take on Lesotho at Namboole in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
“We are ready to unveil the new kit for the Uganda Cranes and the Women National team-Crested Cranes on Wednesday,” Hussein announced.
“The function will be held at Mandela National Stadium. The function to be held on Wednesday 10th October 2018 will be attended by the media and players of the National team.”
This will be the fourth shirt for the national team since Eng. Moses Magogo took over the leadership of the Mengo-based associations in September 2013.
Previously, before 2014, the national team used the Adidas-knitted jerseys. The home shirt and shorts were dominated by yellow and black while the away kit was red and black.
Magogo engineered the change of colour from the yellow to red, citing various reasons, top of which was that the federation needed to change the jersey so that they could make more money out of sales.
Word around the streets and in media circles pointed to the influence of the new national team sponsors Airtel–by then who wanted to do away with the yellow that is also the main colour of their predecessors and business rivals MTN.
They introduced a new shirt with two yellow strips on the left and red, white colour all through with a round neck with small V-shape on the jugular notch. There was a black strip running through both sides. This shirt had no clear manufacturer. The main label had a Fufa logo stitched on the inside of the back.
The design was later readjusted to the current one with the collar getting a yellow strip and the V-shape part dropping deeper in the traditional Errea-fashion–the Italian kit manufacturer that produced the shirt.
The federation had announced to retire the jersey immediately after the African Cup of Nations in Gabon. However, it continued to use the shirts for the different national teams. Up to date, the details of the deal with the Italian kit manufacturers remains scanty.
In March last year, the federation launched a competition for designers to come up with a new design for each of the national teams. The overall winner was to get Shs5 million.
Several designers took part but the competition went silent without decision.
Meanwhile, the federation had planned to, for the first time, have a third kit for the national team, but it is still not clear if there will be the third kit.
A third kit is used for away game when but the first two kits are deemed to clash with a host’s colours.