Standard Bank awards champions
Standard Bank awarded on February 11th the soccer team Ferroviário da Beira and União Desportiva de Songo, as the champion and deputy-champion of Moçambola 2016 edition, the main soccer competition in the country, which involved a total of 16 teams.
The prizes of 600 thousand and 150 thousand meticais, respectively, were awarded during the launching of Moçambola 2017 edition and falls within the scope of the support that Standard Bank has provided to the country sport, in general, and to this competition, in particular.
This initiative, which aims to motivate the teams and thereby contribute to the growth and improvement of Moçambola, is part of Standard Bank´s Corporate Social Investment, in which the Bank is also the main sponsor of the competition.
As explained by chairman of board of directors of Standard Bank, Tomaz Salomão, this support aims to strengthen the teams and, consequently, make Moçambola more competitive, having indicated as an example the fact that in 2016, the number of teams in the event increased from 14 to 16.
“It is Standard Bank’s policy to support sport. We want to encourage Mozambican Soccer League and the teams to do more so that Mozambique takes a leading role in the African nations as far as soccer and other sports are concerned”, said Tomaz Salomão.
Meanwhile, the minister of Youth and Sports, Alberto Nkutumula, who was present at the event, recognized the role of the organizers, teams, sponsors and partners of Moçambola, in transforming this event into the main national sports event.
For Alberto Nkutumula, Moçambola has achieved its status (as the main national sports event) for its path, its competitiveness and the emotions that it brings to the public that attends the event”.
The Deputy Secretary General of the board of Ferroviário da Beira, Henrique Moisés, thanked the prize awarded by Standard Bank and said that “it will help the club to fight for the revalidation of the title”.
During the event other categories were awarded such as the most regular referee (Sérgio Rumbane), the less-beaten goalkeeper (Swin, from the União Desportiva do Songo), the best scorer (Luís Miquissone also from União Desportiva do Songo) and fair play team (Clube do Chibuto).
During the event, the Mozambican Soccer League acknowledged, by awarding certificates of merit, to the sponsors and partners of Moçambola, namely Standard Bank, mcel-Moçambique Celular, among other companies and institutions.