Malawi national football team’s three year contract with official sportswear manufacturers, Umbro has expired.
The expiry of the contract has put Football Association of Malawi (FAM) in an akward position as they have resorted to keep on using the England-based manufacturers kit despite the expiry of the contract.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said the Flames would continue putting on the Umbro brand while waiting for a new kit deal as there were no restrictions as iS the case with previous ones Adidas and Puma.
Nyamilandu admitted that the situation would work to the benefit of Umbo.
“We will continue using the Umbro jersey and let them enjoy the benefit of marketing and advertising free mileage,” Nyamilandu said.
The association said a new kit by new suppliers would be expected to be ready by June in time for the Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
” Designs for the kit are at a very advanced stage and, hopefully, we can secure a deal with any prospective supplier soon,”he said.
“We have provided for procurement and logistics.”
Fam engaged Umbro with a 5,500 replica jersey but it struggled to sell them at K15,000 each and the demand of getting a new deal at K20,000 each scared Fam to renew the contract.
Umbro has a remarkable history. Over the years it has made the kits of Brazil in their World Cup-winning year of 1962, Celtic in 1967, Liverpool in 1977, Manchester United in 1999 and, most famous of all, England in 1966.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :