Legea probes ZIFA

warriors_line_upJOHANNESBURG International sportswear manufacturer Legea says it is investigating the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) for possible breach of contract after the Warriors turned for a friendly match against South Africa last week wearing kit manufactured by Adidas.

Under a sponsorship agreement between Legea and ZIFA the Warriors are supposed to wear kit made by the Italian-owned Legea. Responding to questions from this newspaper, Luc Verheyen, representative of Legea in Zimbabwe, said the sportswear maker had not been officially informed that the Warriors did not sport Legea kit in the match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban that Zimbabwe lost 3-0.

Verheyen said they were investigating the issue as ZIFA still had a contract that runs until next year. We are very surprised that the Warriors where playing against South Africa not in their Legea outfit. There is still a contract running between Legea and ZIFA till 2011. We will look for the reason behind this issue, he said from Belgium.

ZIFAs actions amount to a breach of contract as all soccer teams representing Zimbabwe are required to use kit manufactured by Legea until expiry of the sponsorship deal. The two parties signed the deal ahead of the 2006 African Nations Cup in Egypt where Zimbabwe succumbed in the first round. Previously, Zimbabwe had a contract with L-Sporto.

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