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ZIFA boss explains how the association benefits financially from Umbro deal

BARELY two months into office, newly-elected Zimbabwe Football Association president Felton Kamambo has scooped one of the best kit sponsorship deals for the Zimbabwe national soccer teams in recent years.

The deal with British sportswear giant Umbro, signed yesterday, will see the national teams benefiting financially.

Kamambo explains below how this works:

Since our assumption of office at Zifa, we have been working tirelessly to make sure that our national teams dress appropriately during matches when they travel as well as during training.

That is why we are here to officially announce that we have engaged Umbro as our official kit sponsor for the next three years.

We went to South Africa last week where we engaged quite a number of kit sponsors and we settled for Umbro because they were giving us the best deal. We are optimistic that our partnership with Umbro will enhance our visibility as a football brand.

Umbro has the capacity to provide replicas for our supporters, unlike previously when it was almost impossible to get national team football jerseys.

We have agreed on a five per cent revenue of the replica sales. This will be revised each year, the five per cent was just the starting point. The bulk of the other kit sponsors were far much less than that.

Even Umbro initially was much less than the five per cent but from the negotiations, we managed to get that. We will also get some discounts if we buy replicas in bulk for resale.

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