The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Umbro have unveiled the official match ball for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Sports equipment manufacturers Umbro and Africa football governing body, CAF entered into a new partnership that will see the iconic sports brand become the exclusive ball supplier for the AFCON 2019 in Egypt. The ball design is inspired by the colours of the Egyptian flag.
A FIFA approved top-level Neo Pro ball which features a textured Teijin Microfibre outer casing for durability, accuracy and true flight dependability will be used by at the tournament which will be played for the first time throughout June and July with 24 nations competing.
“We couldn’t be prouder and more honoured to have been selected by CAF as the official supplier of the match ball for the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019. Football is the biggest sport in Africa and as an authentic sports brand deeply rooted in football, we believe this partnership is a perfect match. Moreover, the tournament being played in Egypt will further reinforce Umbro’s brand presence in the country. Fans will be able to purchase the official replica ball in selected sports stores in Egypt and UAE,” Tom Grzelak, Head of Brand Umbro Middle East and Egypt said.
South African National Team Goalkeeper Darren Keet who has kit sponsorship with Umbro speaks about the brand’s new partnership with Umbro in glowing terms.
“The Neo Pro ball is beautifully designed. The bounce is consistent, and the textured outer casing gives you excellent feel and accuracy. I’m excited to be a part of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 and can’t wait to use the new ball at the tournament,” Keet said.
The Afcon begins on the 21st of June with Egypt taking on Zimbabwe in the first game.