Adidas Orlando Pirates 'Heritage' Kit Released

Orlando Pirates and Adidas go back to their roots with a retro-inspired off-field jersey and collection.

Adidas Orlando Pirates ZKF Heritage Collection

This is the jersey of the new Orlando Pirates Adidas Originals collection.

The new Adidas Orlando Pirates Heritage jersey is a direct remake of the 1997 kit. It appears to use the same materials as the original jersey from more than 20 years ago.

The kit is almost a 1-1 remake of the 1997 jerseyThe new Adidas Orlando Pirates Heritage collection features Adidas' Originals logo – the last time the Originals logo was used on-field in SA was in 1997.

The jersey is branded with the logo of the Zodwa Khoza Foundation. The infrastructure development at the ZK Foundation in Diepkloof, Soweto has started with improvements to the ‘clubhouse' and the sports fields. The development is a work in progress and aims to give children in the community better access to sport.

Adidas has committed to investing R5 million (350,000 USD) in the Foundation over the next five years.

As part of the collection, Adidas also released a full tracksuit and a supporters' t-shirt

adidas Originals X Orlando Pirates Football Shirt - 90 Euro

adidas Originals X Orlando Pirates Track Top - 90 Euro

adidas Originals X Orlando Pirates Track Pants Heritage Collection - 70 Euro

adidas Originals X Orlando Pirates Graphic T-Shirt Heritage Collection - 30 Euro

"For the first time, Adidas is publicly highlighting the partnership with the ZK Foundation," says Thandi Merafe, Media Officer, Orlando Pirates Football Club. "Along with other partners, the Foundation aims to train youngsters – boys and girls alike – who show sporting promise."

"In the late ‘90's Zodwa Khoza had the ability to connect with the team, in addition to working with the players she always wanted more for the community and it's this spirit that we are now celebrating. This jersey commemorates Zodwa's big heart," says Merafe.

Bob Maphosa, Football Sports Marketing and PR Manager, Adidas South Africa, says that the jersey is steeped in emotion and history, and takes him right back to 1997 when Orlando Pirates won the Bobsave Superbowl. "This was a major milestone in our fans' incredible journey with the team. Today, the nostalgia is real, but the best part is that together with OP we'll be making a meaningful difference in the lives of our youth."

The new limited edition Originals Pirates jersey retails at 90 Euro. It was launched together with the collection on 22 October 2021.

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