As part of Orlando Pirates’ 80th birthday celebrations, adidas has introduced a special edition anniversary jersey that brings back memories of a an era that signified a new beginning.


This jersey’s solar lime colour first made its debut on the Pirates’ jersey in 1994, when the club won its first league championship in the new South Africa.

“The green of 1994 signalled a rebirth of a country hurting from an oppressive legacy, and we hope with the 2017 green we’ll bring supporters together as they push the team to scale those heights of league victory,” says Tokoloho Moeketsi, Orlando Pirates Brand Activation Manager.


“From humble beginnings in 1937, the club has remained an evergreen presence in the South African soccer scene and has grown to be one of the most recognisable brands in the country,” writes adidas in a press release. “To celebrate, we are launching a green jersey to add to the black home and white away kits launched earlier this year.”

It’s not only the colour that should attract supporters: the jersey features the latest adidas technologies, such as its moisture controlling ClimaCool. “The likes of Thabo Matlaba and Riyaad Norodien, whose positions require a high work rate and put them constantly in the heat of battle, will undoubtedly benefit the most from this technology,” says adidas.