BARCLAYS Bank Zambia says its goal is to make the Barclays Cup the biggest local tournament in the country with this year’s prize money totaling more than K450, 000. The bank’s head of marketing & corporate relations Mato Shimabale said “at Barclays, we believe that when we share, we grow; and when we grow, we all prosper, “Our commitment with the Shared Growth Citizenship agenda is to ensure that we empower society with key skills to help address challenges in the economy”. In a press statement Shimabale said the bank was all set for hosting the 2016 Barclays Cup semi-final matches on Saturday, October 15 Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe. He said finalists would walk away with K300, 000 for the tournament winner while runners-up will pocket K150, 000 Coach of the tournament will earn K10, 000 and player of the day K5, 000 with man of the match for each game receiving K1, 000 He said Nkana Football Club will take on Zanaco Football Club in the first match, while Power Dynamos Football Club will play Zesco United Football Club in the second one. Shimabale said through its partnership with FAZ, ZNBC and SuperSport, Barclays Bank Zambia Plc continued to invest in sport, particularly the Barclays Cup which was now in its 9th year. The Barclays Cup semi-final matches will be aired live on ZNBC and SuperSport. Sponsoring the prestigious Barclays Cup tournament was part of the Bank’s Shared Growth Citizenship agenda which focuses on adding value in communities which the Bank operated in. As part of the Barclays Cup tournament, the Bank invested in delivering financial literacy training to footballers to equip them with knowledge to help them manage their investment. He said during 2014 and 2015, Barclays Bank Zambia Plc delivered training to over 600 soccer playing youths, and two weeks ago trained about 150 footballers in Lusaka with an additional 200 earmarked for training on the Copperbelt on Friday, 14 October 2016. Apart from the financial literacy training, the session also included a health talk which focused on topics such as male circumcision, prostate and cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS and the dangers of substance abuse in sports. The health talk was facilitated by the Center for infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) who had partnered with Barclays. “At Barclays, we believe that when we share, we grow; and when we grow, we all prosper. Our commitment with the Shared Growth Citizenship agenda is to ensure that we empower society with key skills to help address challenges in the economy, “The Bank has sponsored the Barclays Cup since 2007 as it values the power of sport and particularly football in bringing people from different backgrounds together,” said Shimabale He said that was very important platform which awarded footballers who aspired to play in local and international leagues an opportunity to showcase their talent and have access to financial literacy skills to help manage their investment. Barclays Bank Zambia Plc was committed to operating in Zambia and would continue to work with various sectors of the economy to ensure that customers enjoy the latest product and service offering on the market.