ADIDAS disappoints Egyptians with a poor World Cup KIT design
Egypt’s new World Cup kit, released by German sportswear firm Adidas on Monday, drew stinging criticism from the country’s football fans who said the new design was well below their expectations.
A red t-shirt featuring a subtle, checker pattern on the front and white stripes along the sides was ridiculed by fans on social media, prompting a wave of attacks on Adidas and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).
Fans started to design their own kits and refused to buy the National Team new KIT
Egypt’s national team supervisor Ihab Leheita admitted the EFA was not satisfied with the new design, but implied that nothing could be done before the World Cup.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have any choice. The EFA only chooses the kit colors and the design is decided by the sportswear company,” Leheita told an Egyptian radio station.
“The new kits arrived in March but, honestly, the old one is much better.
“We wanted to add Egypt’s name in Arabic letters on the back of the t-shirt and add any Pharaonic symbols but this has not happened,” he added.
Egypt qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1990 with one match to spare in Group E after beating Congo 2-1 in a dramatic qualifier in Alexandria last month. They will face Ghana away from home in their final match on Sunday.