The Football Association of Zambia has made a bold move by launching an in-house kit that will be worn by Zambia at the 2018CHAN finals that kick off on January 12 in Morocco.
Zambia has struggled to secure a long-term major kit deal after parting ways with Nike over two years ago.
“Following the Executive Committee meeting of October 2017, the decision to create an independent sports brand, wholly owned by FAZ, was made in line with the objective of increased revenue generation and full control of the value chain,” FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo said.
“This is the first step by the Association to grow its commercial arm and to create additional, profitable revenue streams.
“The brand, named KoPa, represents the best of Zambian football and the new Zambia kit is a true reflection of all the positive attributes in the Zambian game.
“The new kit will be unveiled at the CHAN tournament in Morocco and the distribution of replica jerseys will begin shortly after.
“The KoPa brand will be manufactured to international standard, will be available to FAZ members, other sporting associations and institutions and the general public, at affordable prices to meet the needs of the market.
“The growth opportunities for the brand stretch beyond Zambia’s borders and an international variant of the brand will be available to clients in overseas markets.”
Zambia had until December 31 worn Mafro but that long-term deal was terminated after the Asian sports kit maker failed to meet its contractual obligations.