Mali’s latest away shirt (below) has been released in their opening African Cup of Nations fixture against tournament hosts, Angola.
French manufacturer, Airness, are represented solely at CAF 2010 by the Eagles and have invented a kit that combines Malian pride with the most fashionable and contemporary technology around.
The finished article is another modern, yet original, product that will help sustain and further enhance the already blossoming relationship between Mali and Airness. Keeping faith with the traditional white model, the Airness logo can be found stitched central, just below the neck, and again on the right hand sleeve.
The green, yellow and red of the Malian national flag are proudly displayed across the chest area, giving the jersey a certain individuality that is unique to the Malian identity. The emblem of Malian football is positioned on the left-hand chest, while the players’ number is on the right in a kind of comic-book style writing.
Going against the African grain of almost universal skin-tight sportswear, Airness have decided to maintain the traditional European loose-look.
The new strip attempts to break away from the 2008-09 version (seen below). With the previous top a model of sophistication and tidyness, the new look has made the national flag far more visible and colourful, whilst incorporating a more laid back style.
Airness have really gone all out with the latest strip to ensure both players and fans can feel comfortable with their latest release. If their opening match with Angola is anything to go by, it certainly encourages a little resiliency.