Sports company PUMA has released the 2020/21 home and away jerseys for defending South African Premier Division champions Mamelodi Sundowns, with the words “50 Years” below the redesigned team logo, which marks an important milestone.
The kit is in refreshed colours of yellow, green and blue, true to the colours of the Brazil national team from which Mamelodi Sundowns earned their nickname: The Brazilians. The nickname extends far beyond shared colours, as Masandawana play with an African-flavoured Samba style inspired by their South American brothers.
“PUMA is honoured to be able to continue to partner and support Mamelodi Sundowns, a club which has always lived the ideals of The Beautiful Game. Every match is a carnival with the players bringing fans to their feet, to applaud moments of artistry and to celebrate yet another exhilarating victory,” said Brett Bellinger, PUMA South Africa Marketing Director. “Samba Mamelodi Sundowns, Samba!”
The players shirt is a slim fit cut with a Johnny-collar reminiscent of 1970s style playing jerseys (to symbolically link the jersey to the era in which the Club was established) and is made from 100% recycled polyester. It has venting on the front and the word Sundowns printed on the back of the collar as a special treatment for the players. The replica shirt for fans is a regular fit and has a Mamelodi Sundowns applique badge with the 50 Years wording and an embroidered PUMA logo.
“It’s a momentous year for the club and the 2020/2021 jersey portrays a new direction in our history with the launch of the re-designed logo and the celebration of 50 years of evolution, aspiration, and determination. Our partners at PUMA have created a timeless kit that salutes the teams of the past as we continue to forge a new future. It pays homage to our humble beginnings in Mamelodi, while the bold Brazilian accents highlight our continued desire to play entertaining and revolutionary football,” said Mamelodi Sundowns spokesperson Alex Shakoane.
“Although 2020 has been eclipsed by a pandemic that has forced the young to avoid their elders, this shirt is a tribute that connects all supporters, young and old. This year is a milestone for Mamelodi Sundowns, and we are ecstatic that we can continue our journey with PUMA as they always deliver jerseys with the most advanced global technology, giving our players the edge.”