PUMA has new official home and away playing kits to be worn by Afrcian power Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The green away kit debuted on pitch during Les Éléphants 2-2 draw with Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday. Both are now available at World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports and Kitbag.
The flame orange home shirt features an African inspired tonal printed panel on the shoulder, sleeves and underarm. The graphic print presents the most important symbol for Ivorians, the elephant, which is also the nickname for the national football team.
The elephant is represented in the form of an illustration as well as the written word, combined with a football field graphic and the landscape of the country which appears within the elephant graphic.
PUMA player Yaya Touré and Ivory Coast National Team midfielder said, “I’m impressed with the new technology in the PUMA kits, it’s completely new for us to wear a kit that helps us perform on the pitch.
I also really love the design, it’s simple with a strong reference to the elephant, the most important symbol in our country. It represents strength and determination and this is exactly the feeling we will go to Brasil with. We are ready to take on the challenge of the World Cup.”
Ranked 23rd in the world by FIFA, Ivory Coast has qualified for every World Cup since 2006. Featuring the likes of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Gervinho (AS Roma) and Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United), Les Éléphants are pooled with Colombia, Greece and Japan in Group C of Brasil 2014.