Absa Premiership

PICS: Pirates reveal 80th anniversary special edition jersey

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will don a special edition jersey against Highlands Park this weekend to celebrate 80 years of existence.

From humble beginnings in 1937, the club has remains an evergreen presence in the South African footballing scene and has grown to be one of the most recognisable brands in the country.

Pirates will add a third green jersey to their black home and away strips to commemorate the big occasion.

"Orlando Pirates are an institution and we are extremely proud and honoured to have enjoyed a long-term partnership with them," said adidas South Africa Head of Football, Adrian de Souza in a statement.

"We worked with the club to develop a jersey that we thought would represent its longevity and be appealing to its legion of followers."

"The 80th birthday solar lime jersey returns after making its debut back in 1994, when the Buccaneers played their way to clinching the first league championship in a new and democratic South Africa.

Excited about the 80th anniversary special edition jersey, Orlando Pirates Brand Activation Manager, Tokoloho Moeketsi commented, “Orlando Pirates is not just a club steeped in great football history, but one that is entwined with the moral fabric of events that shaped the history of this great country. On the eve of yet another landmark in the Club’s journey, we felt it was important to pay homage to those moments in our past to allow us to move forward as a brand.

"The green of 1994 signalled a rebirth of a country hurting from an oppressive legacy, and we hope with the 2017 green, we’ll bring supporters together as they push the team to scale those heights of league victory” Moeketsi said.

The jersey will be available from December 8 at the retail price of R799 for adult jerseys and R699 for youth.

Kick-off for Saturday's match is at 20:15.

(Images courtesy of adidas)

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