Standard Bank applauded for Super Cup

WINDHOEK: The Directorate of Sports has applauded Standard Bank Namibia for investing in local football through the Standard Bank Namibia Super Cup launched here on Tuesday.

The Standard Bank Namibia Super Cup will be played a week before the 2014/15 premiership kicks-off, and will be contested by the respective winners of the Namibia Premier League and the Bidvest Namibia Cup.

Speaking on behalf of Minister of Youth National Services, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo during the launch, Bernhard Kaanjuka said the line ministry will make sure that the bank’s trust in the Namibia Football Association (NFA) is justified.

Kaanjuka said Namibia cannot be propelled to sporting excellence without the active involvement of the business world.

“Your decision to invest has shown that corporate Namibia is ready to play its part in the development of sports in general and football in particular,” he said.

The Standard Bank Namibia Super Cup is the most lucrative football competition on the Namibian football calendar, as the winner will be decided by only one match.

“I hope this will benefit our players as they will get to play an extra game, but more importantly the resources that will be derived from this competition by the clubs should be put to good use,” he advised.

Kaanjuka then urged local football clubs to start the process of professionalism, sooner rather than later.

Also speaking at the launch, NFA vice-president Kwella Kapenda expressed his gratitude to Standard Bank, saying the association will do all it can to justify their trust by the bank.

Kapenda said introducing more quality competitions into the domestic game has always been the NFA’s main objective.

“This initiative is an important one as it will give our players more opportunities to train and play, which will in turn improve their overall ability as footballers,” he said, adding that it will also benefit the national team (Brave Warriors).

He stated that the benefits of the Super Cup are enormous and will be felt across the length and breadth of the country.