Guest Contributor | Apr 20, 2017 | 0
Harders Cup set for Lüderitz Sports Stadium
Football lovers in Luderitz are in for a treat on 24 and 25 March, when the Lüderitz Sports Stadium, will host the Harders Cup.
The winning team will walk away with a cash prize of N$100,000, second runner-up will walk away with N$50,000 and third runner-up will walk away with N$20,000. All participating teams will also get a brand new kit and N$5000 just for participating in the tournament.
Standard Bank recently announced that it will be sponsoring the upcoming Cup as they are constantly driven to contribute to the positive development of sports in the country. The bank came in as a platinum sponsor for the Cup with a sponsorship of N$100,000.
Apart from contributing to the development of sports, the sponsorship also has sentimental meaning to the bank because the first Standard Bank branch was opened in Lüderitz.
“Our sponsorship towards the launch of Harders Cup 2017 in Lüderitz is of great significance,” Standard Bank’s Board Member Birgit Eimbeck said during the official launch of the Cup last week.
“We value the importance of such a soccer spectacle towards the social and cultural upliftment of my birth town Lüderitz. Soccer as we all know not only serves as a unifying factor for all Namibians to come and enjoy the most loved sports together under one platform, but it also helps to support the development of the players’ abilities,” Eimbeck said. stressed.
Apart from soccer, Standard Bank also sponsors the annual Lüderitz Speed Challenge, which has been growing from strength to strength over the years.
Eimbeck also commended MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo and his team for organising the spectacular sporting event which will draw in crowds from all corners of the nation.
Meanwhile, Ekandjo said the community of Lüderitz faces tremendous socio-economic challenges rooted mainly in a lack of sufficient economic activities, with young people being particularly prone to be negatively affected by this situation. As such the event gives them something to look forward to, recognise and display their skills and realize their own dreams.