IT will be interesting for Ronny Kanalelo and his charges to ensure they mobilize students from University of Namibia (Unam) which include the campus in Khomasdal, main campus and the medical school to have a capacity crowd at the NFA Debmarine Cup final show down.
I have wondered why the Unam football club continuously fails to have a reasonable support during its premiership league fixtures, when the educational institution has hundreds of students who could be ferried to and from stadiums. What will it take for Kanalelo to bring these students on board? I believe Kanalelo has a task of transforming these students into full supporters of the club, especially for the upcoming NFA flagship final scheduled for 26 May when Unam FC faces African Stars FC. If Unam wants to have a spectacle on 26 May, than all I propose is for the team to lure students to the stadium because if Unam FC who undoubtedly has little or no support base, fails to have a reasonable support on the final’s day, it become a slaughter house for African Stars. It is a pity that Unam FC has a mammoth task to overcome, and knowing African Stars FC supporters, it is not going to be a walk in the park for the clever boys. African Stars FC’s supporters can be visibly intimidating and that pressure alone can be detrimental to Unam FC if they are not mentally and physically ready for such stardom. So, all I am saying is that Unam FC must pull out all cylinders because it is going to be a war zone come 26 May. I wish the NFA Debmarine Cup organizers will embark upon an extensive marketing campaign of the final. Funny enough, this time around, I have seen little or no marketing of the NFA Debmarine Cup in the newspaper, television or radio. Yet N$ 500 000 is at stake which by the Namibian football standard, is a huge sum of money for the two final contenders.
The NFA Debmarine Cup being the country’s flagship cup of the national football association, I think that time has come for the different role players to maximize on the marketing of the final. Supporters need to know which entertainment are scheduled during the final, and perhaps if there are any prizes to be won but the most important aspect is for both clubs to mobilize their supporters and have the stadium filled to the rafters.
Perhaps it will be interesting if supporters can have their replica jerseys but the question is whether any provision has been made to have them available in time. Maybe, Debmarine Namibia as the official sponsor must make the replica jerseys available to these poor clubs who seemed to be sitting on their laurels doing nothing. The NFA Debmarine Cup final can definitely be a blast if teams get out of their comfort zones and reach out to their supporters. It is such pity that a team like African Stars FC does not have a recognized supporters’ club structure for reasons only known to themselves. The rather misplaced supporters who have little or no say in the affairs of African Stars FC have no idea if the club is an entity privately owned or is a public football club? Let me congratulate both African Stars FC and Unam FC for reaching the NFA Debmarine Cup final, and though the pressure is on Unam FC, the clever boys need something extraordinary to give African Stars FC a run for their money. It is an achievement for Kananlelo and his charges but it is going to take more than their last semi-final clash against Black Africa FC to upset the reds.
May the best team win!!
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