Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia launch AFF Suzuki Cup kits

Kelvin Leong Kelvin Leong

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia unveil new home and away kits for 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

The three countries have unveiled a new home and away kit just in time for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup that is scheduled to take place from November 8 to December 15.

Malaysia is in Group A alongside Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos while Singapore and Indonesia do battle in Group B with reigning champions Thailand, Philippines, and either Brunei or Timor Leste.

Malaysia’s football team takes its nickname from the national symbol: the tiger, Harimau Malaya. And for 2018, the side will take the field in a new home kit that makes no mystery of its symbolic guide. Designed with a full-body tiger stripe graphic, the shirt is also the first to bear the new Football Association of Malaysia crest.

Away from Bukit Jalil National Stadium, the team’s strip draws inspiration from the jalur gemilang (stripes of glory) of the Malaysian flag. The shirt has a solid blue body with red shoulders and sleeves and is worn with white shorts and blue socks.

A paragon of the phrase strength in numbers, Indonesia – the world’s fourth most populous country, stretching over 3,100 miles from east to west –  summons the power of more than 17,500 islands that dot the archipelago nation. Despite its dispersed nature, Indonesia flaunts a united strength in the country’s 2018 kits.

The color scheme of this year’s home kit honors the national emblem of Indonesia, the Garuda (a mythical bird-like creature), through a traditional red with gold accents. The away kit is a radiant display of all-white base with green trim.

As for Singapore, the creatives took inspiration from the mythical creature known as the Merlion – a half lion, half fish – which became the Republic’s national symbol in 1964. Its scales inspired the gym red graphic across the chest for the home kit.

The equator blue away kit is a play on Singapore’s gleaming modernism where the soaring skyscrapers and their dazzling presence reflect the ocean at night.

All kits will go on sale this fall.

Photo credit: Nike