Exciting format for 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup
The 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup will be bigger and better as four teams will vie for a place to play Namibia Premier League (NPL) Champions Tigers on September 10 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the grand finale.
The Namibia Football Association(NFA) and banking giants Standard Bank on Thursday morning launched the final edition of the three years Standard Namibia Super Cup, a competition which normally pits the league winners against NFA Cup winners.
Tigers are the 2015/16 NPL winners and will play in the finale on 10 September against a team that will emerge from the exciting new format of the Super Cup, the preliminary round.
Defending champions African Stars, Tura Magic, Black Africa and Mighty Gunners will feature in the preliminary round by virtue of their log finish in the just ended NPL season with Magic to face BA and Stars to take on Gunners on Saturday, 13 August from 11h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
On the day, at 15h00, there will be an exhibition match which will be followed by the final match at 18h00 between the two winners from the day’s action with the winners advancing to face Tigers on 10 September , 15h00, to contest the 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup.
Chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission, Joel Mathews expressed his appreciation of corporate Namibia’s commitment to sports development.
“ It is always great to see sponsors such as Standard Bank supporting sports and this goes to show that there is an understanding that sport support is not for government only but for the rest of us Namibians to give platforms for our sports people to express themselves and making a living” Mathews said.
Standard Bank Namibia CEO Vetumbuavi Mungunda said his company is glad to be associated with the game.
“Not only does football unite communities, but football brings hope, belonging and lately it provides livelihoods. In fact football reinforces the narrative underpinning the Harambee prosperity plan-no one should be left out- it’s a sport for all Namibians to participate, play, watch and be part of”, Mungunda stated.
Mungunda also revealed that Standard bank will be reviewing their success with the Competition after the 2016 edition and determine the way forward.
“Our contractual agreement will end officially at the end of the year or rather after three years of the current year installment of the Super Cup, after which we will assess the overall sponsorship with NFA to determine the way forward. Once that process is done then we will inform you accordingly”, Mungunda said, as he also handed over the final N$ 1 million cheque.
The 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup winners will go home N$ 500 000 richer and the loser will receive N$ 250 000.