On Friday 7 November, the soccer cartoon, Supa Strikas, got a television make-over on SABC2. The 13 half-hour animation episodes are based on the popular print version of the comic which
.is distributed as a monthly 24-page insert into the Sunday Times and as a weekly one-page strip in the Sunday Times Magazine.
Apart from South Africa, the animated show will be broadcast in 15 countries across Africa, Latin America and Europe starting in November 2008. The action-packed soccer animation will air in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Turkey and Poland.
The feel-good show tells the story of Shakes and his team-mates taking on the world’s best teams in the Super League, the toughest league on earth, while they entertain their fans with their on- and off-pitch flair and action.
Coinciding with the launch of the animation TV series, a range of branded merchandise will be available in the form of a clothing range in Mr Price and Edgars stores, and Supa Strikas drinks and snacks to follow early next year.
The company will also launch the print version in Egypt, Mauritius, Reunion, Malaysia and Brazil during 2009.