Likoena will be dressed in a new kit when they take on Ethiopia in the first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the Africa zone next week.
By Staff Writers
Lesotho Football Association unveiled the new home and away kits for the national football team on Wednesday.
The new Umbro kits are infused with the passion of the national flag colours – the blue, white and green reflecting heritage.
Umbro is a British sportswear and football equipment supplier based in England.
It is the original Manchester-based football brand that invented sportswear and sports tailoring. Umbro’s first major football kit was made for Manchester City in 1934, a kit they won the FA Cup in.
In August 2011, a local apparel company Basutoland Ink debuted as the main kit sponsor of Likoena.
The Basutoland Ink kit – a white home strip and a green away jersey – was paraded by Lesotho around the continent and its unique style was a welcome departure from the bland kits Lesotho had worn previously.
In 2017 however, the Basutoland Ink-LEFA marriage ended without a word and Likoena debuted a generic Adidas strip at the 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.
Theories swirled on the fate of the deal and, in an interview with the Post in October 2018, Basutoland Ink director, Bokang Kheekhe, clarified the company offered LEFA a new contract last May before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers started.
LEFA’s dumping of Basutoland Ink has not gone down well with sections of the public. Two weeks ago, an online petition was launched by a group of Basotho enthusiasts demanding LEFA return business to the local clothing company. NW