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Standard Bank uniting Africa through football

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, November 1, 2013 | Friday, November 01, 2013

All eyes will be on Orlando Pirates this Saturday, 2 November at Orlando Stadium as they lock horns with one of the African giants, Al Ahly for the 2013 CAF Champions League 1st leg of the Final.  This is arguably the most important club football match in South Africa.

As a proud sponsor of CAF, Standard Bank will be moving their consumers forward by connecting them with their passion point – the beautiful game, football.

It has been a long road to the deciding match for the two teams, with Orlando Pirates having already featured in 14 matches against sides from Comoros Islands, Zambia, DR Congo, Congo, Egypt and Tunisia.

Their quest to add a second star to their badge and help move South African football forward now comes down to a clash against the current CAF Champions League holders, Al Ahly.

After signing an eight year deal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2008Standard Bank secured sponsorship rights as the Official Banking Partner to all CAF Competitions.

“We are delighted to have partnered with CAF as their official banking partner, this partnership will not only help us reach our goal of creating meaningful connections with our consumers, staff and stakeholders but also continue to build the Standard Bank brand in the African continent.’’ Said Hazel Chimhandamba, Head of Group Sponsorship.

Through this Standard Bank will set up a fan zone inside the Orlando Stadium perimeter to provide a platform for interaction with the fans.

The activation area will educate the football loving fans and drive awareness around new products offered by Standard Bank.

Fans will be afforded an opportunity to have their pictures taken with the former Orlando Pirates captain Edward Motale, a 1995 CAF Champions Cup winner and Standard Bank ambassador.

The fan zone experience will culminate in a random draw, rewarding two lucky Standard Bank Access Account customers. Winners will walk away with an Orlando Pirates replica jersey and two double tickets to watch the game in style at the Standard Bank VIP hospitality suite.
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