Most of the pundits covering this years’ African Cup of Nations, including BBC Sport’s Piers Edwards, have a generalised view that the Ivory Coast have a bright chance of success. It isn’t just the teams’ prospects that look bright though….
- With a shirt like this, the Ivoirians’ won’t be getting lost in the dark anytime soon…
Some would probably describe the ‘Elephants’ shirt as horrid, or over the top. European television viewers don’t get to see football shirts like this every week, but this is what African football is all about: colour, fun, and spectacular football. Manufactured by Puma, who virtually dominate the African contingents’ kits, stars such as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure will be wearing the Ivoirians’ electric orange strip, with green trimming around the edge of the sleeves.
The shirt also comprises of the Puma logo in the centre, with one gold star – in commemoration of the ‘Elephants’ solitary title in 1992 – placed above the nations’ badge. Material-wise, the shirt has ‘mesh’ sections that Puma say ‘provide a snug fit, whilst increasing mobility and breathability’, to help the players combat the harsh Angolan climate. Also, an elephant is adorned over the right shoulder of the shirt, in representation of the Ivory Coast’s nickname. Remember to watch out for the Ivory Coast on Eurosport during the African Cup of Nations; it will be hard to miss them!
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