adidas launch African Cup of Nations 2015 Official Match Ball – the Marhaba

Always partial to football from all over the globe, I have a particular soft spot for this piece of news…


adidas and the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) have today unveiled the ‘Marhaba’, the Official Match Ball for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015.

I was born in South Africa so have an affinity to African football and it’s vibrancy.

Taking inspiration from the intricate history of the tournament and its famously passionate fans, Marhaba was designed in collaboration with CAF. The distinctive gold and blue colouring on the ball represents the contrasting landscapes of the continent, from the Sahara desert to the bright azure sky.


The ball will be officially presented during the tournament draw in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by members of CAF and the Local Organising Committee.



Marhaba, like its counterparts in regional and international tournaments, has gone through a thorough testing process to make sure that it is suited to the playing conditions during the tournament. The technology incorporated into the bladder and carcass of Marhaba is identical to the Brazuca (2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil) and the ever popular UEFA Champions League™ Official Match Ball.


”Marhaba”, the Official Match Ball for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015, is available to buy at selected adidas retail outlets and associated stockists from Monday 1st December.

Bring it on!

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