THE long-awaited Nike Chipolopolo team replica jerseys goes on sale next week on Wednesday ahead of the African champions' international friendly match against Norway set for Ndola where the strip would be officially launched.
The new strip, which the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) intends to flood on the market to avoid counterfeits, would be the one the Chipolopolo would wear during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa starting on January 19.
FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the jersey would cost about KR200 (K200,000).
Mwanza said that the reigning African champions would definitely go into the AFCON finals with a new jersey and that the strip would be first won by the Chipolopolo on Saturday when they take on Norway in an international friendly match.
"But the jersey replicas go on sale ahead of the Norway match; we are officially unleashing them on Wednesday starting with Lusaka and the Copperbelt and then to be spread across the country at selected agents," he said.
FAZ announced in September last year that it had changed the national team jersey and that it would be launched when Zambia played Uganda in October during the 2013 AFCON qualifier final leg, return match which never happened, with the Nelson Mandela Challenge against South Africa then mentioned.
But even at the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, the launch failed to take place with Mwanza insisting that the new strip was in FAZ's possession and that the green jersey with the red-black-orange tri-band would not be used any more.
He added that already, the national team was using the new training kit.
And in order to get rid of counterfeits which thrive because of the unavailability of the official replica, Mwanza said FAZ would flood the market with the original replica including the streets.
Asked if there was any change in the official home colour since the fans prefer getting the green jersey, which is Zambia's official away strip, Mwanza insisted that orange was the home jersey and that the popular green was Zambia's away strip.