We are pleased to unveil new designs for Matabeleland Football Confederacy's new kit for 2021/22.
The Matabeleland Football Team represents Matabeleland, the western part of Zimbabwe. The team is run by the Matabeleland Football Confederacy, an independent football association promoting football in Matabeleland. The Confederacy was founded in 2016 by its President, Busani Sibindi, and Busani Khanye, MFC’s Technical Director.
Matabeleland took the 2018 Confederation of Independent Football Associations World Football Cup in London by storm, quickly becoming crowd favourites with their traditional singing and dancing, their friendly and warm demeanor and the sheer passion they displayed on and off the pitch.
With English coach Justin Walley at the helm, Matabeleland also received a boost with the support of Liverpool great, Bruce Grobbelaar, who would eventually don the MFC jersey and play for them.
Matabeleland’s new official players’ home jersey and home keeper's jersey for 2021/22 was designed by Gustavo Psonkevich, who had submitted his design as part of (and won) the kit design competition held by the MFC in conjunction with STINGZ™.
The home jersey adopts a predominantly white colourway, with a bold and colourful Ndebele tribal pattern that covers the entire raglan shoulder area of the jersey.
Although the front and back panel look plain white from afar, on closer look it reveals a tonal Ndebele pattern watermarked into them.
In Gustavo’s own words: “The design celebrates the Ndebele culture. The pattern is inspired by the traditional clothes and the decoration of the tribe's houses. The irregular strokes give the look of handmade to make it more realistic. No stroke is interrupted or cut, evoking the unity and strength of the people.
"The colorful sleeves represent the older generations, the ones that have borne the most weight on their shoulders. The front/back, which from a distance looks white, shows the same pattern, but slightly colored and represents the younger generations. When the player sweats, the colors darken indicating that the player has gained experience."
The jersey is completed with a white crew neck collar and black side panels, together with a rainbow cuff. On the back of the collar is the Club’s motto: “Sizonqoba”, meaning “We Will Conquer”.
As a special, final touch, STINGZ™ have again used their signature font typeset, but this time the Ndebele pattern has been watermarked into the numbers to give the jersey an overall clean, yet even more uniform feel.
Matabeleland’s new official home GK jersey for 2021/22 adopts the same design elements, but the colours have been inverted, with black as the predominant colour.
Matabeleland’s new official players’ away jersey for 2021/22 was designed by KitKong, who had submitted their design as part of the kit design competition held by the MFC in conjunction with STINGZ™.
The away jersey adopts a predominantly golden yellow colourway, with a unique and bold Ndebele tribal pattern in white and black emblazoned across the front and back panels.
In KitKong’s own words: “My main goal was to expose the African spirit of the team. The diagonal arrangement of the pattern shows the movement and the dynamic character of the jersey."
The jersey is completed with a contrast black and gold mandarin collar, cuffs and side panels, giving the jersey an overall modern-retro feel.
On the back of the jersey is the player number in STINGZ’s signature font typeset, and on the back of the collar is the Club’s motto: “Sizonqoba”, meaning “We Will Conquer”.
The away GK jersey adopts a predominantly black colourway, with a unique and bold Ndebele tribal pattern in golden yellow and white emblazoned across the front and back panels.
Matabeleland’s new official players’ training jersey for 2021/22 was designed by Rolan Gomes, who submitted his design as part of the kit design competition held by the MFC in conjunction with STINGZ™️.
The training jersey adopts a predominantly white colourway, with two black and golden yellow racing stripes that run from the collar down to the hem on both the front and back panels. Between the tramlines are traditional Ndebele patterns, which are watermarked tonally onto the jersey.
The STINGZ™️ logo appears directly under the collar, while the MFC crest takes centre stage on the upper chest area.
The traditional Ndebele patterns again appear on the cuffs of the sleeve, albeit in golden yellow and black, although the most striking design element is the eagle wings that appear on the shoulder area of the jersey, a nod to the eagle that appears in MFC’s team crest. The jersey is completed with contrast black side panels and a crew neck collar.
Matabeleland’s new official players’ home jersey and home goalkeeper jersey, as well as the away and training jerseys for 2021/22 will all be available for pre-order tomorrow, 1st August 2021, via www.stingz.co