Sports Minister , Mawere has big dreams for ABSA Cup
Minister of Sports Moses Mawere has high dreams for the newly branded ABSA Cup which he would like see get to the level of the English Premier league in terms of sponsorship package.
Mawere who was the Guest of honour at the launch of the ABSA Cup on Thursday in Lusaka at the Intercontinental Hotel commended Barclays Bank Zambia for putting aside a three million Kwacha sponsorship package for the 2019 ABSA Cup .
“Football is the most cherished sport in our country and it excites both fans and players. It allows us to gather communities in a friendly spirit and my ministry recognizes this fact and the health benefits it accrues to everyone who participates,” He said.
“Let me commend Barclays Bank for putting aside a sponsorship package of 3 million Kwacha into the 2019 ABSA Cup which is their biggest investment yet. We want to ask you as bank as you transform , Transform bigger and better so that the football fraternity can grow from strength to strength. Barclays Bank is a well known bank grobally for supporting sport this is mainly through the sponsorship of the English Premier league and in Zambia the ABSA Cup which has grown am hoping it can reach the level of the English Premier league in terms of sponsorship,” He added.
The ABSA Cup will see the top two teams in each stream qualify and battle for a half a million Kwacha prize money in this transitional period. Green Eagles are the only team that have booked their place in the ABSA Cup semifinals while the other three will be decided over the weekend.
Barclays Bank have upped their sponsorship package by 25%. The total sponsorship package has moved from 2.4 million Kwacha in 2018 to 3 million Kwacha in 2019 . The winners of the first ever ABSA Cup will pocket half a million Kwacha with the runners up set to pocket quarter a million.
Barclays Bank have also upped individual prizes with the player of the tournament and the coach of the tournament prize money moving from K15,000 to K18,000 while the man of the match will be pocketing K8,000 with a medical cover policy courtesy of Barclays Life.
The semifinals will be staged on 15th June with the final set for the 22nd of the same month. The semi finals will be held in Lusaka while the final on the Copperbelt but venues will be announced later on.
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