Standard Bank Cup final well done
In my column last week I wrote about how I wished the recently held Standard Bank Super Cup final between Tigers and African Stars would be a memorable one.
Well, I can say that there were some positives that we witnessed on Saturday.
Without a doubt, the organisation of the final was the best I have seen since the final of the now defunct Bidvest Namibia Cup.
The branding of the Sam Nujoma Stadium by the sponsors was completely out of this world.
No disrespect to the organisers of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, but those playing kits for the local teams looked as if they were bought at a China shop somewhere in Oshikango.
The jerseys used by the teams on Saturday looked absolutely stunning and could easily match those of the other teams in any professional league.
The top notch performance by award-winning kwaito artist Gazza ensured that those spectators that paid their way into the stadium got value for money.
The match kicked off on time, which same cannot be said about the other competitions that I have seen in the past.
Every football fan loves to see goals and the game on Saturday didn’t disappoint in that regard, as three goals were scored in the match.
I must also congratulate the referees for doing a good job in a tense match, which was punctuated by several protests from coaches and players.
The level of security was fine for me given that I did not hear about any incident of spectators getting mugged or injured.
However, with all that said, there were certain things which really agitated me like the poor attendance. It was very sad to see that a final of such a magnitude attracted such a small crowd. A stadium with a capacity of 11,000 had barely one quarter of its seats filled.
I think this was the same number of people at the Independence Stadium when Tigers played Sundowns in the final of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.
As I said last week, organisers must take the blame for organising this particular Cup final during the same weekend as the Okakarara Trade Fair.
African Stars have a huge following amongst the Otjiherero speaking community, and these supporters opted to be in Okakarara at the event in their community, rather than in Windhoek.
I must say that I was disappointed with Tigers supporters for not coming in numbers, especially after their club won the premier league last season. Well, I guess this is a lesson learned for both the NFA and Standard Bank when setting dates for tournaments of this magnitude.
Despite the three goals that were scored by African Stars, I must say the game on the pitch was far from being memorable.
The players did not play with the passion and drive that a derby must produce. There were glimpses of good combination passes from the team in red, but nothing was special about the passage of play.
It was also disappointing to see that players at that level found it very hard to control a ball or even to hit an accurate shot on goal.
Nevertheless, I hope that the Standard Bank Super Cup will return next year given the positive contribution the company has made to the football fraternity.