Our striker Ihlas Bebou already had the chance to wear the jersey for the photo shoot last week and was "totally thrilled": "It looks really nice. I'm definitely going to pick up a few for my family.''
TSG kit supplier Joma designed the shirt. The creative design was inspired by African patterns. The kit is fully sustainable. Just like our other shirts, it is made entirely of recycled polyester. The chest features the logo of TSG's own sustainable clothing line "umoja". "umoja" is Swahili and means "unity". TSG main sponsor SAP has made this change possible and is waiving its shirt sponsorship for the match.
The special shirt is being released in a limited run of 1,000 items and costs 49.95 euros for children's sizes. Adults pay ten euros more. Part of the proceeds from the sale and the subsequent auction of the jerseys worn by our first team in the match will go to our partner "Viva con Agua" for the benefit of the "Football4Wash" project in Uganda, where "umoja" is produced.
For years, TSG Hoffenheim has focused its international activities on Africa, supporting sustainable development on the continent on a number of different fronts. Africa is directly affected by the war in Ukraine: last year, Africa was supplied with wheat, corn, cooking oil and other staple foods worth about 6 billion euros from Ukraine and Russia. The UN fears that supplies will be partially or completely cut off and anticipates a severe global food crisis. This is compounded by the current drought, crop failures and the effects of climate change.
The "umoja" brand, founded in Hoffenheim, manufactures 100 percent of its collection in Uganda. The cotton is grown and harvested in the Kasese region and is "Cotton made in Africa" certified. The entire value chain takes place under fair and safe working conditions - from the cultivation and harvesting of the cotton, to ginning, spinning, weaving, wet finishing and making up to the finished product.