December 14th, 2005
PUMA with 12 Teams Dominant Kit Supplier at the World Cup
Herzogenaurach, Germany, December 14th, 2005 – PUMA and the Angolan Football Federation (Federação Angolana de Futebol) today announced a long-term agreement commencing January 1st, 2006.
Under the agreement, PUMA is named the Official Supplier of all on-field, sideline, training and representation apparel as well as equipment to the associated Men’s ‘A’, ‘U21/Olympics’, Youth and Women’s national teams. The new agreement stretches beyond the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“The co-operation with the Angolan Football Federation is final confirmation of PUMA’s unparalleled involvement in African football,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman & CEO of PUMA A.G., and continued: “Needless to say, we are delighted to be the official supplier to all five African national teams for next year’s tournament in Germany, let alone the fact that we are the dominant kit supplier with a total of twelve teams come June next year.”
Angola will be endorsing PUMA’s new v1.06 statement product concept to be introduced in January, coinciding with the start of the 2006 CAF African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Tournament debutants Angola successfully qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup having overcome Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Algeria and Rwanda in Group 4 of the CAF qualification group stages. Angola, nicknamed ‘Palancas Negras’ (Black Antelopes), recorded this historic milestone following a 1-0 away win in Rwanda on the last day of qualifying to oust Nigeria at the top of the table, thereby putting an end to 21 years of longing.