National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) has unveiled a new sponsor and sports kit for its Premier league team(NAPSA Stars)for the 2019-2020 season.
NAPSA Director General Yollard Kachinda who did not hide how proud he was with NAPSA Stars and the important role it played in the development of football in Zambia noted that the team has potential to perform even better than it is currently doing, adding that its goal is to play continental football.
“Football is quiet an expensive sport to run and requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders, including business entities and supporters alike. It is therefore my great pleasure and honour to welcome on board Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited, our new partner sponsor for NAPSA Stars Football Club,” Kachinda noted.
Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited has pumped in an initial sponsorship of USD$70,000 for a period (August to December 2019).
He noted that the partnership with Stanbic Zambia would help transform football in the country.
“We are delighted with the support we have received from our newly found partner Stanbic Bank. This partnership could not have come at a better time than now when Zambian football in general and NAPSA Stars in particular is experiencing a major transformation. My management team and I treasure this partnership as it will ease some of the logistical challenges the team faces. Allow me to state that this partnership with Stanbic Bank is more than just corporate responsibility, as it will go a long way in supplementing our efforts in promoting football, creating jobs and effective demand for goods and services, thereby reducing poverty,”Kachinda stated.
And Stanbic Bank Zambia limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leina Gabaraane stated that the bank wanted to associate itself with winners not on the top four but number one.
“We have a very strong social economic responsibility in Zambia which requires that we look at other non-profit activities in the economy that will ensure that will that we drive the economy forward,” Gabaraane stated.
He added that sport in its nature has the ability to create employment
Gabaraane said they had identified football and the development of culture and art as another avenue that can be used in the reduction of unemployment.
“We believe we can create an industry around football in Zambia by being a corporate sponsor as we are doing today and it is our view that that would drive unemployment down,” he noted.
And NAPSA Stars’ Stanley Phiri noted that Stanbic Bank Zambia has made a wise choice to partner with one of the renowned teams in Zambian football.
“In line with our mandate and business strategy, we will work hard to promote your brand in the best way we can by ensuring that we perform at our best. Your gesture gives us more confidence and impetus to do even better. I have no doubt that the team will benefit from this sponsorship in many ways than one, such as extended financial literacy, leadership development, business and investment opportunities,” Phiri said.