October 10 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Puma have signed an agreement that will see Puma serve as the technical partner of the Africa Cup of Nations, the governing body has announced.
The deal covers the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations next year in the Ivory Coast, with Puma supplying the official match balls as well as kit referees.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF President Patrice Motsepe said: “We are delighted that Puma which is one of the leading sportswear manufacturing companies in the world, is partnering with CAF to develop and grow football in Africa.”
Next year’s finals were postponed because of concerns over the climate in Ivory Coast during the normal summer slot for the tournament. The Africa Cup of Nations has a track record of tournaments being relocated or postponed.
Johan Kuhlo, General Manager EEMEA Distribution at Puma said: “The passion for football runs deep in Africa and Puma has taken a unique and creative approach in its partnerships with its African teams over the years. Our agreement with CAF celebrates this passion for the sport across the continent and we will jointly develop exciting products specifically for African football.”
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