Standard Bank Namibia Launches Super Cup

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Tuesday (8 April) witnessed yet another milestone achievement in taking football to another level when in conjunction with Standard Bank Namibia launched the Standard Bank Super Cup.

The Bank will sponsor the tournament to the tune of three million Namibia dollar for a period of three years, and the competition will only be contested by two teams, one which will emerge league winners and the victors in the Bidvest Namibia cup.

Speaking at the official launch, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Namibia, Junius Mungunda, says the development of sport should not only be left to government, but the private sector should equally play a role
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Thus, he says, as a responsible corporate citizen, Standard Bank Namibia saw it fit and was proud to be associated with the promotion of soccer in Namibia, as soccer has a potential of unifying the country.

“ Soccer does not only bring Namibians together under one purpose, but also gives hope and belief to the supporters and players across the divide of our great nation”, says Mungunda, adding that there are similarities between soccer and Standard Bank, being that all are universal.

He says as much as soccer is played in Lagos in Nigeria, Soweto in South Africa, Katutura and Rundu in Namibia, Standard Bank has operations across the continent in places such as Nigeria, Angola, DRC, Katutura, Oshakati, Otjinene etc.

In his official openning speech, the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo, says that the resources that will come with the lucrative competition should be put to good use by the clubs.

The Minister says that it was high time that clubs moved towards professionalism sooner rather than later, stressing that the the coming into place of the Standard Bank Super Cup, should encourage participation of Namibian clubs in African Continental competitions.

In his part, NFA Vice President Kornelius Kapenda says the launching of the competition is ‘a milestone’ in the development of Namibian football, adding that the NFA will do all in its power to justify the trust that Standard Bank Namibia has shown in the Association.

Kapenda says that the decision by Standard Bank Namibia is clear testimony that corporate Namibia is ready to play a part in the development of the local game, adding that it has always been the main objective of the NFA to introduce more quality competitions into the domestic game.

According to Kapenda, more quality competitions will give Namibia players more opportunities to train and play more, which in turn will improve their overall abilities as footballers, and in turn benefit the various national teams, particularly when preparing for international competitions.