Final Bidvest Cup edition launched
Bidvest Namibia will continue for the third and last time its contribution to the national league as the period of sponsorship enters its last round. Bidvest has contributed over N$20 million over the period of three years and this year’s league will see again all 14 regions participate with over 10 thousand players participate as well as 16 of the National Premier League teams competing against the lesser known teams for the N$550, 000 grand prize and trophy.
Premier League side Orlando Pirates will kick-off the league at the end of the 32 round battle come end of January. Bidvest Namibia CEO; Sebby Kankondi said at the draw of the 32 teams that will square up in the first round, that Bidvest believes in sportsmanship and the values that come with it such as humility, team spirit and competition which Kandondi said is good for consumerism. The tournament is set to end in May. Pre-liminary rounds took place two week ago The Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Juliet Kavetuna officially opened the event. She said that the temptation for Bidvest to cease sponsoring the event must have been tempting because of turbulent financial times for the whole economy. “Tremendous credit goes to Bidvest Namibia and the NFA in bringing the game to the people. This is a national project that gives 1st and 2nd second division teams team to go on this giant killing runs,” Kavetuna said. Newly elected Namibia Football Association boss Frans Mbidi said at the draw held at Nice restaurant that the NFA is grateful for the support that Bidvest has shown to growing the sport. “When sponsors come on board we appreciate the good will,” Mbidi said. He acknowledged Bidvest’s contribution and he applauded the way how such a tournament for time was initiated, in terms of size, management and professionalism and basically the whole organisation. Mbidi put his head on the chopping block as the front man leading the NFA, pledging to make the football organisation the best run in the FIFA family. Mbidi also urged sponsors to continue their support in getting club football to the continental African stage. Fans that attend the games stand a chance to win two tickets and all expense paid for to watch Sunderland Bidvest play in England by placing their ticket stubs in a draw as part of Bidvest All Access campaign.