Malawi national football team on Saturday got a timely boost following the arrival of its yet-to-be launched official uniform under Moto brand.
The suppliers of Malawi’s Moto brand, Sports Apparel Institute, delivered the first consignment to the team in Polokwane on Saturday ahead of the team’s first match against Mauritius this evening.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda said in an interview in Polokwane that they had to fast-track the delivery of the consignment so that the team can use it at the regional competition.
He said: “The Flames official uniform will be launched soon, but we felt the team should not use the old uniform at the Cosafa Cup. That is why we had to fast-track the delivery of the first consignment.
Last year, FAM was criticised for letting the team use what was considered as substandard uniform at the same tournament and Gunda said they did not want a repeat of the scenario.
“This is a tournament that is broadcast live across the continent and we felt it could not reflect well on the team to put on the old apparel. The good thing is that Moto is our own brand which we need to promote. Moto is for the Flames.”
FAM signed a deal with the Cape Town-based sportswear firm six months ago and under the agreement the company will supply both the kit and technical materials.
Previously, FAM had kit deals with Puma and Adidas, but both deals collapsed. More recently, the Flames were in a contract with Umbro.
Flames striker Chiukepo Msowoya said the arrival of the kit had boosted the morale in camp.