Ajax unveil third kit inspired by late singer Bob Marley..
AFC Ajax have unveiled their third kit inspired by late reggae legend, Bob Marley, which will be worn in European matches this season.
The kit is a tribute to Ajax fans and the love they have for Bob Marley and his iconic song, Three Little Birds.
“Today, Ajax and Adidas, in collaboration with the Bob Marley family release the 2021/2022 Ajax third kit,” a statement on the club’s website read.
“The kit is a tribute to the Ajax fans and the love shared by the club and its fans for reggae legend Bob Marley and his iconic song, Three Little Birds.
“The black kit features red, yellow and green details. On the back of the jersey, just below the collar, it features a subtle reference to the iconic song, with three little birds sitting on Amsterdam’s Andreas crosses.
“The kit will be worn in this season’s European matches, alongside Ajax’ home kit.”
On how the connection between Ajax fans and the song started, the club said, “The story of Ajax, Bob Marley and Three Little Birds started in August 2008, when Ajax played a friendly match in Cardiff, against Cardiff City FC.
“The Ajax fans were asked to remain in the stands after the game.
“To entertain the patient fans, the stadium DJ played several tracks, one of which was Three Little Birds. The rest is history.
“The fans instantly embraced the song as their own and have been singing it at every game since.
“A true symbol of hope, the fans sing the song regardless of the score in the game.”
Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, reacted to the club’s gesture, saying, “I am beyond touched that Ajax has taken Three Little Birds and made it their anthem.
“Stories like this warm my heart and show how impactful songs like Three Little Birds can be.
“Soccer was everything to my father. To use his words: football is freedom.”