adidas Launches the 2012 African Cup of Nations Matchball: The adidas Comoequa

Hi everyone,
Adidas and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presented a newly designed official match ball, the adidas ‘Comoequa’, the Official Match Ball for the 2012 Orange African Cup of Nations. The name takes its inspiration from the Como River which runs through both host nations – Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and the Equator which runs throughout Africa and unites both host nations.

The adidas Comoequa features a bright yellow base colour inspired by the vibrancy of African culture, and links to the flags of both tournament hosts – Gabon and Equatorial Guinea through colour markings on the central triangular panels.

The adidas Comoequa, shares the same construction as the Tango 12, the Official Match Ball for the UEFA Euro 2012, and is the third ball adidas has produced for the tournament, having started as the Official Supplier of the African Cup of Nations in 2008.

Complementing the design, the adidas Comoequa features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path.
Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball lies a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake. [Source: All]

Adidas leverages its marketing rights with CAF by providing the tournament with the official matchball. The 3-stripes have a similar approach with FIFA and UEFA competitions. While Nike is the official matchball of La Liga, Serie A and the Barclays Premier League, adidas gives a strong focus to global tournaments.

Karl Lusbec
Images, courtesy of the Soccer Bible