…Old rivals BA and African Stars avoid each other in preliminaries
The third edition of the Standard Bank Super Cup Cup was launched yesterday with local giants, Black Africa and African Stars avoiding each other in the first round. The preliminary matches are slated for 11 August with BA set to take on Tura Magic while African Stars plays Mighty Gunners. The two winner will then play each other on the same day to determine who joins the country’s champions, Tigers, in the final that is scheduled for 10 September.
This edition marks the final year of the sponsorship arrangement of N$3-million that Standard Bank Namibia invested to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in hosting the Standard Bank Super Cup.
Speaking at the launch, Standard Bank’s Chief Executive, Vetumbuavi Mungunda narrated the two basic reasons why corporates become involved in sponsorships – corporate social investment and corporate branding. He further stated that the competition for attention and sponsorships among the various sport codes and other social sectors in the country, which has intensified in recent years, has put enormous pressure on the limited resources at the disposal of the Namibian corporates.
The secretary general of the Namibia Football Association, Barry Rukoro, stressed that it is important that these kinds of investments are recognized. “Thank you Standard Bank, as the football association we are indebted for that investment,” he added.The chairman of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), Joel Mathew, commended Standard Bank for its engagement and contributions towards sports, particularly football. “A competition of this nature has created an opportunity for football players to participate,” he said.
The launch also saw a draw of the preliminary matches. In the first match, Tura Magic FC will play against Black Africa FC while in the second match African Stars FC will be playing against Mighty Gunner FC. Winners from the first match and the second match will play against each other to determine the team that will play against champions of the Premier League, Tigers in the one-off match. The preliminary matches are scheduled to take place on 13 August 2016. The one-off match will take place on 10 September 2016, which will see winners going home N$500 000 richer and the losers consoled with N$250 000.
Mathew has called upon the public to support the teams that will be playing in the competition.
Meanwhile, Mungumba announced that the contractual agreement between Standard Bank Namibia and the Namibia Football Association will end officially at the end of this year. “Or rather after the end of the current year instalment of the Super Cup, after which we will assess the overall sponsorship with NFA to determine the way forward,” he added.