…Napsa Stars told to deliver title
By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
NAPSA Stars have been challenged to win the 2019/2020 league season especially after signing a sponsorship deal worth US$70, 000 (about K910, 000) with Stanbic Bank.
National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) director general Yollard Kachinda said management are tired of waiting and it was time the team delivered.
During the unveiling ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, Stanbic Bank were named as co-sponsors of Napsa Stars with a renewable sponsorship deal of $70, 000 for half a season.
The club also unveiled its new kit for the new season set to kick-off on August 31 with an away fixture against “Mighty” Mufulira Wanderers.
Kachinda said he was hopeful the coming on board of Stanbic will inspire the team to greater achievements in the upcoming season.
He said Napsa had passed the target of merely finishing in the top four but to clinch the top slot and qualify for CAF inter-club games.
“Last year, I challenged you to win the league, I expect the team to come to the party and make us proud. I am still waiting.
I believe the team has potential to perform even better and represent us at continental level.”
“There is no excuse on how we can do it, we have passed that target of second, third and fourth places, ours is the top slot,” Kachinda said.
He assured Stanbic Bank of transparency and accountability of the money. He also encouraged the players to be resilient and aim to score more goals this season.
“Football is an expensive sport to run and we are happy that Stanbic Bank has come on board to sponsor the team. I wish to assure Stanbic that our partnership will transform football,” Kachinda said.
Stanbic Bank chief executive officer, Leina Gabaranne said the bank was expecting to be associated to a winning team by the time the season reaches half way.
“We are a leading bank in Africa, a bank that supports winners and not top four. Our corporate responsibility is to ensure we help in the reduction of unemployment in the economy and we have identified football as one way of creating employment,” Gabaranne said.
Club chairman Zingani Phiri assured the sponsors of a better performance this season.
“We have beefed up the squad and looks ready for the new season. The team will fight to finish in a respectable position,” he said.
The Mohammed Fathi-coached Napsa side finished in fifth place during the 2019 10-team transitional league.