Way to go Egypt!
With 2010 being a World Cup year, expect to see a lot of football specials, football-inspired kicks from now til the end of the tournament. Now, let’s take a breather from all the local releases and check out a feat worth noting.
Egypt won the Orange Africa Cup of Nations for the third successive time today and seventh overall, beating Ghana one to nil (1-0) in Luanda, Angola. Extending their unbeaten run in the tournament to a record breaking eighteen games, the PUMA sponsored Pharaohs were worthy winners having scored more goals than any other team, including a 4-0 defeat of Algeria in the semi-final.
At the conclusion of the game, to mark their victory, the Egyptian players donned the PUMA Africa Unity jersey, launched in Nairobi earlier this month. Sanctioned by FIFA, this first ever continental kit is the Official 3rd kit of the twelve PUMA-sponsored African teams, who are not only uniting as a powerful force in world football, but also raising awareness of the importance of environmental issues. A portion of the profits from sales of the replica fanwear for the Africa Unity Kits will help fund biodiversity programs in Africa, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
PUMA has enjoyed more than a decade of close partnership and collaboration with African football federations. Currently, the company sponsors 12 African teams, including the FIFA World Cup 2010 qualified teams of Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria, as well as the national teams of Mozambique, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, Morocco, Angola, Senegal and Togo, and some of the best players in football today, such as John Mensa, Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Eboué.