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Fashionable football: A look into Banyana Banyana’s stylish new World Cup kits

Ahead of their World Cup opening match against Sweden this week, Banyana Banyana unveiled their all-new limited edition football team kit.

Designed by Lwazi Ngcungama, the all-black shirt is a subtle nod to a bygone era.

Ngcungama came out victorious when he was chosen as the winner in a design competition in which the public was tasked with creating shirts for the South African senior national football teams.

Ngcungama said he wanted the kit to pay homage to the Class of 1996 - the only generation to lift the African Cup Of Nations.

It appears his dream has paid off as fans are loving the new kit, designed in collaboration with French sportswear brand, Le Coq Sportif.

Earlier this year, Le Coq debuted to new home and away kits that Banyana Banyana will also don during the World Cup tournament.

The two kits are a striking combination of green and yellow, with a modern twist.

The design was inspired by the traditional colours of South African football and is symbolic of the team's determination and strength.

The away thread is said to be a celebration of Banyana’s success in Rabat, wearing green when they picked up gold in 2022. A statement piece for a statement team who continue to forge the path for future generations.

It features a bold, eye-catching design, with an intricate pattern of green and the South African flag in the front and back which embody nationhood, patriotism and the essence of Ubuntu.

The release of the new kit is a milestone for the women's national team. It is the first time that a major clothing brand has let football fans design a kit specifically for the Banyana Banyana team.

This is a huge step forward, as it shows the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) efforts to a more inclusive forging of the future of football in the country.

This article was originally published on IOL.

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