BrandArena: Umbro to supply ball for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Thursday 30 May 2019

Umbro to supply ball for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

English sportswear brand Umbro has signed as the new ball partner for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and the exclusive ball supplier for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

As the exclusive ball partner, Umbro will supply the CAF with the top-level Neo Pro ball.

FIFA certified to be used at the highest level of the game, the Neo Pro features a textured Teijin Microfibre outer casing for durability, accuracy and true flight dependability.

It also has a five-layer construction with a latex bladder for a consistent bounce, and a hand-stitched 14-panel design with sealed seams to ensure zero water absorption.

“The Neo Pro ball is beautifully designed. The bounce is consistent, and the textured outer casing gives you excellent feel and accuracy,” said Darren Keet, South Africa goalkeeper and Umbro sponsored player.

"I’m excited to be a part of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 and can’t wait to use the new ball at the tournament.”

Umbro becomes the fourth global company to have come on board to sponsor the Africa Cup of Nations since Ahmad Ahamd took charge of CAF two years ago.

Earlier this month, German tyre manufacturers Continental joined Visa, 1Xbet to swell the number of sponsors to six after headline sponsors Total and telecoms company Orange.

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