This would be the company’s second partnership with the Kochi outfit.
Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kerala Blasters are in advanced talks to rope in SIX5SIX as the club’s new official kit partner, Khel Now can confirm. The club recently parted ways with Reyaur Sports, following a two-year partnership that began prior to the 2019-20 season.
“Kerala Blasters’ deal with Reyaur Sports has ended, with both parties mutually deciding to not extend it further. The club have also begun work on next season’s kits. SIX5SIX are most likely coming in as the new kit partners and an announcement can be expected soon,” a source close to the developments informed Khel Now.
Founded in 2015, SIX5SIX is a Delhi-based textile brand. The company has two divisions, ‘SIX5SIX Street’ for casual wear and ‘SIX5SIX Sport’ for sportswear. After focusing on football in their early years, SIX5SIX Sport has lately started manufacturing products for cricket, tennis, badminton, running, cycling and more. They recently partnered with MPL Sports and developed a limited-edition Indian cricket team fan jersey to commemorate the ICC World Test Championship final.
Till date, the brand have partnered with the now-defunct FC Pune City, FC Goa and Kerala Blasters in the ISL. They were the kit partners of the Yellow Army in the 2018-19 season. SIX5SIX are also responsible for the kits of the Indian football team. On June 8, they agreed a multi-year kit and merchandise partnership with GD Estoril Praia, a Liga Portugal 2 (Portuguese second division) club.
Apart from SIX5SIX, Kerala Blasters previously had Puma, Admiral and Reyaur Sports as their official kit partners.
Kerala Blasters’ pre-season preparations
After a dismal campaign in ISL 2020-21, Kerala Blasters are looking to make amends in the upcoming season. Following a lowly 10th-placed finish last season in the league, they would definitely want to do better in ISL 2021-22.
As reported by Khel Now, the Kochi-based club have already announced the appointment of Ivan Vukomanovic as the new head coach. They also announced the departure of overseas players Gary Hooper, Jordan Murray, Facundo Pereyra, Vicente Gomez, Costa Nhamoinesu and Bakary Kone.
The signings of Sanjeev Stalin and Ruivah Hormipam, along with the extension of Denechandra Meitei’s contract have already been confirmed by the Yellow Army. Additionally, they have signed Vincy Barretto, Harmanjot Khabra and Anil Gaonkar, apart from handing Sandeep Singh a four-year extension.
The Kochi outfit are in the market for more domestic signings and have also started their hunt on foreign players.