Kaizer Chiefs Leonardo Castro

Leonardo Castro. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs kit big overseas after receiving international design praise

Kaizer Chiefs have actually managed to win an international football award. The kit for this season is making waves across the globe.

Kaizer Chiefs Leonardo Castro

Leonardo Castro. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

It’s no secret just how iconic Kaizer Chiefs and its brand is in South Africa. Ask anyone who doesn’t even watch local soccer and they will still be able to tell you something about Chiefs. While the football itself isn’t always “that great” from the team, it seems the 2018/19 kit is making a couple of waves globally.

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The club’s jersey has seen a recent rise in demand internationally thanks to high praise it received in UK-based soccer magazine FourFourTwo.

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While going through some of the best kits on its website, the magazine described both the home and away kit as “stunning”

“Oh yes. Kaizer Chiefs have produced two delightful kits for the current season: first‚ a gold home jersey with black strips which represent ‘traditional spears rising together to create a sense of motion and unity on the field’. The second is a stunning purple-bodied‚ black-sleeved change strip with some fetching splashes of gold on the collar‚ crest and Nike swoosh. Now‚ where can we buy one… or 10?”

This is not the first time, Kaizer Chiefs have managed to make a massive impact in the UK.

Back in 2000, an English Indie Rock Back from Leeds was looking for a new name as they looked to rebrand from a previous image.

The band became known as Kaizer Chiefs as it was the first club of SA’s own former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe.

“We heard the name and thought it was cool,” singer Ricky originally told the BBC. “Then we heard about the football team and the Leeds United connection with Lucas Radebe, and thought we might as well call ourselves that.”

Now, the jersey looks to be a bit of a bigger thing than the band. Let’s hope the kit’s success can bring some luck on the pitch.