By Sibusiso Dlamini | 2018-02-14
SOCCER – THE 15th edition of the country’s most exciting cup tournament, the SwaziBank Cup will be launched tomorrow morning.
This is according to the tournament’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Phesheya Vilakati, who said the tournament would be bigger and better as it continued to improve with every year.
Vilakati revealed that the glamorous ceremony will take place at Esibeyeni Lodge, Esangweni where the sponsorship package and this year’s slogan would be announced by the company’s Managing Director (MD) Zakhele Lukhele.
“We would like to urge all the participating teams to send two representatives.” Vilakati said everything had been finalised in as far as the launch was concerned. “The highlights for the event will include the speech by the SwaziBank Managing Director Zakhele Lukhele in which he will announce the sponsorship package, and the slogan, amongst other things,” he said. The last edition of the tournament was sponsored to a tune of E2.2m with the champions pocketing E1million.
The PRO further revealed that the draw will also be conducted during the launch. “The launch will also mark the official start of the tournament as we will have our last 32 draw on the day as well.”
This will be the 15th edition of the tournament and army side Young Buffaloes are defending champions after beating Matsapha United in the finals.And by virtue of being champions of this tournament, ‘Buffs’ are currently taking part in the CAF Confederations Cup.The army side played the first leg at Somhlolo National Stadium where they lost 0-1 against the SA team and are set to travel to Cape Town to face-off with ABSA Premiership side for the return fixture next week. Meanwhile, Buffaloes received E50 000 cash sponsorship which is part of the prize package of the knockout tournament.
In addition to the cash, the team also received another E50 000 worth of merchandise including a soccer kit, sports bags, warm-up kits and water bottles totaling the sponsorship to E100 000.
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