FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe on Thursday explained the provisional deal to have Zambia move to Italian sports apparel maker Kappa.
Zambia will wear Kappa for the 2018 World Cup Group B qualifiers against Nigeria at home on October 9 and away against Cameroon on November 7 while Football House and the Italian kit supplier continue their protracted negotiations.
Below is the transcript of Ponga’s interview with the press on Zambia’s prospective new kit:
-ON THE TEAM USING KAPPA FOR NIGERIA GAME
They will wear kappa.
Kappa is one of the companies we are in discussions with.
-HOW FAR THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE GONE?
In fact we have reached an advanced stage.
Obviously we are in between kit deals, between Nike and Kappa, with time, kit wears out so while in the course of discussions, we have opted for this game to use Kappa kit because we cannot continue to use kit which has reached its sell-by date.
We have bought the kit from Kappa….. you can call it what you want.
-WHY HASN’T A LONG-TERM DEAL BEEN REACHED?
Because it is not a thing you do in one day, when you do a deal of that magnitude, it runs into hundreds of thousands of Dollars.
It is not a deal you deal you can finalise in the shortest time.
-WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NIKE DEAL?
We are also coming from a background where we have been discredited among kit suppliers from the way in the way the previous deal was handled from which conditions were breached with Nike.
And in this line of business, where you have a few main suppliers, you know reputation is an important thing how you handle suppliers you deal with with.
So this has been a baring with negotiations with several kit suppliers, not only with Kappa, but with other suppliers.
It has been an issue that has come up time and again; the way the previous deal was handled and the way it ended.