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New design for Egypt's kit sparks controversy

Ahmad Hassan, Tuesday 19 Mar 2019
Egypt
Egypt's new Puma kit Photo: EFA official Facebook page
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The unveiling of Egypt's new home and away Puma jersey by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Monday has sparked a storm of controversy among fans and pundits because of its design.

Many argue that the jersey's design is unappealing, does not meet expectations, and is not up to standard for the seven-time African champions.

"It's the same story every time. They [the Egyptian FA] always choose very bad designs. My eyes hurt me when I looked at the pictures of the new kits!" said one user on Twitter. 

The EFA's executive manager Tharwat Sweilam has affirmed that the design is not final and that there would be a different kit for the African Cup of Nations, which will take place in Egypt next June.

"There is another design that has been chosen by the EFA president Hany Abo Rida that reflects Egypt's identity and history, and it will be revealed during the upcoming African Cup of Nations," Sweilam told an Egyptian radio station.

Egypt's assistant coach Hany Ramzy said that he had received no complaints from any of the players regarding the new jersey.

"Puma is a world-class company. We signed the contract with them last month and coming up with a design takes time," Ramzy told Egyptian media.

"The training jerseys are very good and the match kit is not bad as well, but it could have been better," he added.

Egypt are playing against Niger in their last African Cup of Nations qualifier on 22 March and a friendly against Nigeria on 26 March, but the EFA has not confirmed whether or not the team will start wearing the new jersey.

The EFA signed a new four-year kit supply deal with Puma in January to provide football jerseys to all national teams, both senior and junior.

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