GABORONE, Botswana, October 2019 – The annual 5-a-side soccer tournament inspired by Standard Chartered Bank’s association with Liverpool FC, dubbed the Standard Chartered Cup is back with a bang.
The tourney comes back with a new twist which gives customers of the bank an opportunity to fly to the coveted Anfield home ground stadium of Liverpool FC, to watch one of the club’s English premier matches in action.
This year, account holders of the newly launched digital account at Standard Charted Botswana will form groups of seven alongside existing corporate clients where they will battle each other for a money-can’t-buy experience to Anfield. The tourney kicks-off this Sunday. The winners will travel to England
Briefing the selected clients of the new digital account in Gaborone, where the bank organized a big screen viewing of Liverpool’s A class category matches recently, SCB’s Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing Manager, Steward Neill Kunda said the primary qualifier is being an account holder of the digital account and also forming a seven member team, and the draw expected this Sunday.
“We are bringing the cup back and it’s coming with a new twist. It will be applicable to digital account holders and the procedure will be that you form a team of seven, all open and fund a digital account with a minimum of P100 through the SC Mobile App and be drawn as 1 of 8 lucky teams entered into the SC Cup 2019 aimed for this Sunday.”
Meanwhile, those who have been to Liverpool’s home ground in Merseyside, England will tell you that it leaves you with new thought to what football is more than what meets the eye on television. This claim is further collaborated by Yarona FM sportscaster, Martin Fanie who had the privilege to accompany the Standard Chartered winners of SC Cup to Anfield in 2017.
“I was privileged to accompany the BDF soccer legends team that won the regional tournament and in a way booked their place to Liverpool. I will be frank, I went there as an Arsenal fan and came back as a Liverpool fan. I got to understand the club philosophy and it gave me new direction about football. I got to meet the likes of Sadio Mane who at the time was injured and all other clubs legends such as Kenny Dalglish at the stadium.
The training ground is strictly reserved and there are fans that wait outside the stadium daily to at least have their replicas autographed. After such an experience, I now agree with Bill Shankly when he said some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that,” recalled Fanie.