Kit of the Week #77: Black Stars Shine in Puma

Ghana debuted their striking yellow away kit in a 5-1 demolition of Qatar on Monday night.

The Ayew brothers and new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey shone for the Black Stars as they recorded a big international friendly win in Antalya, Turkey, but it was that new away shirt that really caught our attention.

Ghana, Puma, 2020-21, away, kit
Ghana’s new away shirt by Puma

Puma released a brand new collection of African kits ahead of the international break, each with the same “Crafted from Culture” motto we’ve seen across their stable of elite clubs and national sides.

The Black Stars’ new away kit takes its cue from Ghanaian art and architecture, and is tied together with traditional colours for a vibrant look that has taken social media by storm.

Ghana, Black Stars, football shirt, 2020-21, AFCON
An embossed black star sits proudly at the heart of the shirt

Those colours are officially described by Puma as “dandelion and black” which brings to mind those vintage soft drinks, still seen at the back of newsagents’ fridges time has long since forgotten.

It’s hard not to see Puma’s new collection of kits for Senegal, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Ghana, and not immediately compare them to Nike’s sensational Nigeria shirts such has been their impact; but these are bold new designs worthy of praise all on their own.

Ghana, Black Stars, Puma, 2020-21, AFCON, away, kit
The back of the shirt is left largely plain for player names and numbers

If it’s true that Puma’s team of designers have been spurred on by a healthy element of peer-pressure from competitors like Adidas and Nike, then we’re delighted to see how far they’re pushing the creative envelope.

Puma have supplied Ghana since 2005, but this just might be their most impressive design yet.

Originally designed to be worn at the African Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon between January and February 2021, the fact that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the tournament has been rescheduled for 2022, means it’s unclear whether Ghana will still be wearing these marvellous kits in that competition.

Ghana, Black Stars, badge
Ghana’s badge sits on the left side of the chest

This is our favourite design from Puma’s latest series of ambitious African international shirts and amidst all the new kits on display over the past seven days, including England’s controversial return to blue; this is our Kit of the Week.

What do you think of Ghana’s new away kit by Puma?

Please let us know in the comments section below!

Ghana’s striking new away kit by Puma

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