Standard Bank Super Cup to boost local football

WINDHOEK: MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Bidvest Namibia winners will contest for the newly launched lucrative cup competition in the country.

“This is the most lucrative cup competition on the Namibian calendar, because with only one game the winner will take all the money at stake”, said Benhard Kaanjuka, Acting Director of Sports at the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture.

The competition which will kick-off a week before the 2014/2015 MTC Premiership starts will see the winner pocketing N.dollars 500. 000 and the loser will go home with a minimum of N.dollars 200. 000.

And over a period of three years Standard Bank Namibia has contributed N.dollars 3 million for the Super Cup which will be a N.dollars 1 million per year over the next three years.

“There are similarities between Soccer and Standard Bank, they are all universal. Soccer is played from Lagos in Nigeria, Soweto in South Africa, Katutura, Rundu in Namibia and Standard Bank has operations across the continent in places such as Nigeria, Angola, DRC, Katutura, Oshakati, Otjinene and many other towns”, explained Junius Mungunda, the new Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia.

Junius also told the media that, it goes without saying that the magic of soccer bring us all together as Namibians and unifies us as a nation.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary General, Barry Rukoro said the launch was an emotional event.

“Standard Bank is a big brand, and we believe we will help them maintain their brand” stated Rukoro.

“Mr. Mpunzi Pupuma, the outgoing CEO of Standard Bank Namibia, you have put us in a journey just like what Moses did to the people of Nazareth knowing you will not be with us, we applaud you for making everything possible,” added Rukoro.

The race is on for all the remaining teams in the Bidvest Namibia Cup and MTC Namibia Premier League to be crowned first champions of the Standard Bank Super Cup.

(edited)WINDHOEK: A new competition for the country’s best football teams was launched here on Tuesday.

The Super Cup is sponsored by Standard Bank Namibia to the tune of N.dollars 3 million over three years.

It will be contested by the winners of the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Bidvest Namibia Cup.

The winner will pocket N.dollars 500 000 and the loser N.dollars 200 000.

“This is the most lucrative cup competition on the Namibian calendar, because in only one game the winner will take all the money at stake,” said Bernhard Kaanjuka, the acting director of sports in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, during the launch.

The maiden edition of the competition will take place a week before the 2014/2015 MTC/NPL commences.

Junius Mungunda, the new chief executive officer of Standard Bank Namibia, said there are similarities between football and Standard Bank – they are both universal.

He said football is played from Lagos in Nigeria, to Soweto in South Africa, Katutura in Windhoek and Rundu in the Kavango East Region, and Standard Bank has operations in all those towns and many other towns.

Mungunda said that it goes without saying that the magic of football brings Namibians together and unifies them as a nation.

On his part, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said Standard Bank is a big brand, and the NFA will help it maintain its brand.

“Mr Mpunzi Pupuma (outgoing CEO of Standard Bank Namibia), you have put us on a journey just like what Moses did to the people of Nazareth knowing you will not be with us. We applaud you for making everything possible,” said Rukoro.

Meanwhile, the teams currently contesting the Premier League and Bidvest Namibia Cup now have more reason to perform their best in order to lift the first-ever Standard Bank Namibia Super Cup as winners.

SOURCE: NAMPA