As ever, RAWBANK, the leading bank in the DRC, did not fail to offer the Leopards, winners of the 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN), a warm welcome this Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at its headquarters in Kinshasa located on the boulevard du 30 Juin.

During the course of the festivities, Mr Thierry Taeymans, CEO of RAWBANK, handed over a large cheque, whose amount has not been disclosed, to Florent Ibenge, the head coach of the Leopards. In addition, he announced that his guests would each receive expense-free banking for life.

“It is a great honour, a great satisfaction for me to welcome the Leopards. We love them because they represent the DRC outside the country”, the RAWBANK CEO said, greatly moved by the performance of the Leopards against the Mali Eagles in a brilliantly won final (3-0).

The players, the technical staff and the entire Leopards delegation were caught up in the jubilation of the population and RAWBANK staff, who never stopped applauding the victors of the 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN)/Rwanda 2016.

“When great minds meet, they think along the same lines”, said the Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation who supported the Leopards, taking the opportunity to point out at the same time that RAWBANK and FECOFA (Congolese Football Association) are evidence of a win-win partnership.

Mr Constant Omari, President of FECOFA, praised the efforts made by RAWBANK and urged it to continue in the same manner in order to take advantage of future opportunities.

It should be noted that Rawbank, which uses the leopard as its icon, has always had a close relationship with the national team. “In 2009, RAWBANK supported the Leopards during the 1st African Nations Championship; in 2015 the senior Leopards were treated in the same way by Rawbank when they finished third at the African Nations Championship in Guinea”, explained Cédric Mbiya, RAWBANK’s Call Centre Manager.

It should be borne in mind also that RAWBANK, as a commercial enterprise, makes supporting athletes one of its key concerns because it understands that sport develops along with commercial enterprises.