New kit means new beginnings.
This is how Orlando Pirates defender Thulani “Tyson” Hlatshwayo described the significance of the new home and away jerseys that Bucs unveiled on Thursday.
Despite a promising start when they lifted the MTN8 trophy in December, Pirates – and Hlatshwayo in particular – endured a rather disappointing end to the 2019/20 season, despite qualifying for the CAF Confederations Cup.
he team finished third, behind runners-up AmaZulu, in a league campaign that was won by Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We are heading into the new season with new designs and new colours. It means new beginnings for us,” Hlatshwayo told City Press during a virtual event coordinated by Pirates’ technical sponsor Adidas.
Hlatshwayo, who joined Pirates from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits in September, also expressed his admiration for the new kit.
“You can see that the collaboration between Adidas and Pirates on the design reflects solid creativity and teamwork.”
Bucs media officer Thandi Merafe also weighed in, saying the club misses the sight of the fans who would have also turned out in the club colours in full force.
“As a brand and as a club, we definitely miss the fans – all football clubs do – especially when you enjoy such a strong supporter base.”
According to Adidas, the new Pirates jersey is “a combination of the old and the new”.
The home shirt is in the iconic black colourway of Pirates, while the away kit has again seen the club break with tradition. After using a bold orange away jersey last season, the Buccaneers will now turn up in a striking mint colour.
Pirates will showcase their new kit against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup at Orlando Stadium on August 1.
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