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Orlando Pirates’ new home and away jerseys for the coming season have been launched.

The range consists of two new designs: the home jersey (black/white) and the away jersey (white/black). Bucs’ red jersey has been carried over from last season and will be used as an alternative jersey.

The players will wear the 2009-10 home jersey for the first time in their opening match of the Vodacom Challenge against Manchester City this weekend at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

According to a statement released earlier, the new jersey continues to reflect the club’s black and white heritage with a touch of red added from the shoulder to the collar and underarm – an innovation that was successfully introduced in 2008.

A Tiro design has been adapted for this new range to reflect the tradition of the Soweto giants by emphasising the famous skull and crossbones, which is emblazoned onto the back.

“From now on wherever our supporters go, they will have 72 years of Pirates history and heritage accompanying them every step of the way,” says Pirates marketing manager Nkosana Khoza.

The jersey was designed using the Tiro template – the same template used in the design of the Spanish national team jersey – following consultations between the kit makers and Pirates.

“We are excited by the new design of the jersey and we hope the Orlando Pirates faithful will embrace the new jersey and wear the club’s colours with pride. We also hope the players will be inspired by the new jersey to reach greater heights this season. As we say at Adidas, 'Impossible is Nothing,'” said Zobuzwe Ngobese, the public relations manager at adidas South Africa.

The jersey also features innovative ClimaCool technology, an adidas patented combination of performance fabrics consisting of open mesh and ventilation channels which keeps cool air flowing in and heat and sweat flowing out. It allows athletes to stay dry and comfortable and perform at their peak.