Preparations on track for SBN Super Cup finals

21 Aug 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – African Stars and Tigers Football Club, the two Namibia Premier League (NPL) teams that will battle it out in the Standard Bank Super Cup, had a meet-and-greet at Windhoek’s Wernhil Park on Saturday.
The event was organised by sponsors Standard Bank Namibia (SBN) and the organisers of the competition, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to offer the fans a chance to meet their heroes and to promote the final.
At the meet-and-greet fans were given the opportunity to win match day tickets, as well as test their skills against the players, have their photo taken with their favourite players and get some memorabilia signed.
SNB Public Relations and Communication Manager Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said the idea behind the event was to raise public awareness about the Super Cup amongst the public.
“The Super Cup is an important event for SNB, the NFA and NPL as it allows the country’s two best teams from the previous season to test their mettle against each other. We are super excited about the upcoming match,” she said.
She promised great entertainment during the final, saying there will be music and food for football fans.
Tim Isacks, the Brave Warriors team manager who represented the NFA at the event, thanked Standard Bank, saying it has been a successful three years (including this year) and it is the NFA’s wish that this tournament continues.
“It is obviously our last year of the initial contract, but we hope our sponsors will continue with this noble initiative as it helps develop football in Namibia. I would also like to urge the fans of African Stars and Tigers to come in numbers and support their favourite teams,” he said.
Tigers captain Absalom Iimbondi called on the Ingwenyama fans to come in large numbers and watch their team claim the first silverware of the season.
“Our fans must fill up the stadium, this will show other corporate companies that football is alive in Namibia and needs their support. It will be a tough game for us as Stars are the defending champions,” Iimbondi said.
Ronald Katjiere, the stand-in captain for African Stars, called on fans to come and support their teams and not insult the players as this will work against the team.
“Some sections of fans have of late been insulting players at games. We don’t need that, it breaks the players’ spirit. Corporate companies will not invest in football if fans do not behave. We want to defend the trophy,” Katjiere said.
This is the third and final year of the initial contract signed by the NFA and SBN for the Super Cup, which sees the NPL Champions and NFA Cup winners go up against each other. Following failure to stage the NFA Cup last year, teams from position two to five on the log played a knock-out preliminary round last Saturday to determine who would face Tigers. African Stars emerged victorious after beating Mighty Gunners by four goals to three in the semi-final and beating Tura Magic by one goal to nil in the final of that preliminary round. The final is scheduled to take place on 10 September 2016 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.