BARCLAYS Bank Zambia has reduced its sponsorship package for the 2016 Barclays Cup tournament which kicks off on September 11 from the K2.2 million paid last year to K1.5 million.
During the draw conducted at Taj Pamdozi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday, Barclays announced a K1.5 million sponsorship package for this year’s tournament.
From the K1.5 million Barclays is pumping into the 2016 tournament, K300, 000 will go to the winners and K150,000 to the runners-up.
The Coach of the Tournament will again pocket K10, 000 with the Player of the Tournament getting K5, 000 while K1, 000 is for the Man-of-the-Match in each of the matches in this year’s competition.
This year’s tournament will kick off with a preliminary knockout on September 11 in a double header at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka. New entrants Division One sides Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy will face Zesco Victoria Falls while Nampundwe will take on Konkola Blades.
In the quarter-final draws which will be played on September 17 and 18 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, defending champions Green Buffaloes have been handed a tough draw against Power Dynamos.
This will be a repeat of last year’s fixture of the semi-final that saw Power Dynamos lose 5-3 on post-match penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time while current Super Division leaders Zanaco will have to overcome tricky Kabwe Warriors. Nkana and Super League champions Zesco have been given an easy passage to the semi-finals as they will face winners of first and second preliminary knockouts respectively.
The semi-final will played at Arthur Davies Stadium on October 15 and the final at Nkoloma Stadium on a date yet to be announced.
Power Dynamos club secretary Ricky Mafunda said the game against Buffaloes will be tough but the team was determined to reach the semi-finals.
“We are excited with the draws. In football there is no small team, the team will put up a good fight to win. It will definitely be a tough battle,” Mafunda said.
Kabwe Warriors discipline and player status chairman Mutalange Chanda said the team is eyeing the title and not even Zanaco will bar them.
“We are pleased to be once more part of the Barclay Cup tournament. The team is doing well in the league. We wish to warn Zanaco that we are aiming to bank the money too,” he said.
Zesco Victoria Falls secretary Christopher Mwaba said the team had the vision to reach far in the competition despite being new entrants. Meanwhile, Barclays Bank managing director Saviour Chibiya said the tournament fits in with the shared growth initiative of the bank which is premised on helping people achieve their ambitions in the right way.
“Under shared growth Barclays believes that when society prospers, we all prosper. The three pillars of shared growth are education and skills, enterprise and development and financial inclusion.
“We have partnered with FAZ to train the players of clubs involved in the Barclays Cup with financial literacy skills and also enhance their entrepreneurial skills,” Chibiya said.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said he was happy that the relationship between the association and Barclays has continued to grow.
“I am grateful that Barclays Bank is again sponsoring the prestigious tournament. It is through this tournament that great national team players are identified. I am hopeful that this year’s tournament will be more exciting,” he said.
ZNBC announced the live broadcast of the whole tournament while Super Sport will televise the tournament from the quarter final stage till the final.
This will be the ninth year run of the tournament since it was launched in 2007.