Let’s make it a memorable final!
This weekend’s Standard Bank Super Cup final clash between defending champions African Stars and Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will probably be the last time the competition is sponsored by the banking concern.
This is why Saturday’s clash should be a great final, which will be talked about for years to come.
I hope that the two protagonists have done their homework, in order to create an atmosphere that will live on in the memories of the fans that must come out in their droves to experience the final first-hand.
It is a great chance for Namibians to show the current and future sponsors that we can indeed fill up stadiums, even when two local clubs are in action against each other.
It is important that the coaches ensure that both sets of players are fired up and ready to produce flair and counter-attack football that will make football scribes and fans delirious with excitement.
We all know that our local game has been plunged into darkness, as the Namibia Premier League (NPL) hobbles on without a sponsor.
What we desperately need is a Standard Bank Super Cup final that will make us forget the doom and gloom, leaving us fully focused on enjoying a beautiful game of football on Saturday.
I believe it is the right time to reignite the fierce rivalry between the Stars and Tigers teams of yesteryear. What we do not need is a dull game, which has been the mainstay of recent encounters between the two sides.
I watched the African Stars and Tigers game at the Independence Stadium last month, when they clashed in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, and I would classify that match as below average.
What is desperately needed on Saturday is a game of such class, brilliance and excitement, that the fans and sponsors will be on cloud nine. We need an advertisement for our local game that will grease the cheque books of the sponsors and benefactors.
It is also important that the fans give Standard Bank something to smile about, possibly making them reconsider the decision to end their sponsorship of the competition.
One of the things that would also boost the image of local football would be the level of organisation on display.
One of my main worries is that most African Stars supporters will not be in Windhoek, given that the Okakarara Trade Fair is taking place this weekend.
We all know that most African Stars supporters are Otjiherero-speaking, with the minority of their fans coming from other tribes.
Some Stars supporters have expressed more interest in the trade fair than the football game.
However, that distraction should not be enough to keep the diehard Reds’ fans away, and they should fill up the stadium, along with the Tigers fans.
For Tigers, winning the Standard Bank Super Cup will be a remarkable achievement, just months after winning the NPL crown.
I really hope that the two teams will be able to give us something to rejoice about and cherish on Saturday.
Good luck to both sides, and may the best team win!