GHANA have unveiled their latest away shirt for the 2010 ANC (African Nations Cup) and upcoming FIFA World Cup.
2010-12 GHANA AWAY SHIRT: A brave attempt at a new model.
Stylistically; manufacturer Puma have decided to break with recent tradition by incorporating a series of bold golden stripes onto the popular red away shirt template. The result is a design which is unique if somewhat aesthetically dubious.
The product conforms to Puma latest design model by having the arms and top-right hand shoulder differ in style from the rest of the shirt. The home jersey utilises this space by adding a black star, a symbol of heritage and freedom in Ghana. The away design however leaves this area empty, a choice which does nothing to enhance the look of the shirt and in my opinion, makes the item look sloppy, arguably creating the impression that the product is unfinished.
Puma has included their logo smartly in the centre as well as at the bottom of both sleeves. The Ghana badge has been placed on the left breast. The badge is accompanied by four stars to celebrate the four occasions the Black Stars have won the ANC.
Technology wise, the away shirt conforms to the same ‘smart sportswear’ approach as the home strip. Designed to be tight fitting, the jersey aims to improve the player’s posture and spatial awareness. It also features a multi-layered mesh on the sleeves and back to allow for maximum movement and breathability.
2008-10 GHANA AWAY SHIRT: Simple styling with a traditional collar.
The 2010-12 kit follows the ‘classic’ look of the 2008-2010 away shirt. The 2008 model included a thin golden stipe on the sides and a golden trim on the sleeves. There was also a traditional collar as well as a tight round neckline. These features developed an impression of sophistication which the latest away design so sorely lacks. Whereas the 2008 shirt will still have an understated beauty about it in 20 years time, I have a feeling that the 2010 shirt will be consigned to history as design which tried something different but ultimately failed to impress.