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Split Kavango to face off in Newspaper Cup

The 15th edition of the Newspaper Cup is expected to deliver some bumber action like that conducted last year. Spectators look on at the dribbling prowess of some of the participating regions last year.

The draw of the 15th edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup conducted on Tuesday has placed Kavango East and Kavango West regions in Group D, setting up an interesting competition as the Kavango Region won the cup last year before they were divided into two, East and West.

The joint Kavango regional team made up of players from both Kavango East and West defeated the Oshana Region by two goals to one in the final of the 2014 Newspaper Cup played on Easter Monday last year.
During the draw on Tuesday, the Kavangos were placed in Group D, together with neighbors Zambezi, another renamed region, from Caprivi. Last year’s losing finalist, Oshana are in Group A, together with Omaheke, Ohangwena and Hardap Regions, while Group B is made up of Karas, Oshikoto, Erongo and record winners, Khomas.
Kunene Region is in group C and will challenge Omusati and Otjozondjupa for a place in the semifinals.
The Namibian will sponsor the event, which will be held in Outjo over the Easter weekend to an amount of about N$1 million while Coca-Cola has come on board as the official soft drink sponsor and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture will sponsor transport for the competing teams. The launch and draw event held at Football House was attended by the Deputy Minister of Sport Juliet Kavetuna, a delegation from the Kunene Region, headed by the chairman of the regional council of Kunene, Dudu Murorua and the regional councillor of the Outjo constituency Abraham Job, the vice president of the Namibia Football Association, Naftali Ngalangi and the editor of The Namibian Tangeni Amupadhi. The teams will compete in two groups of four teams and two groups of three teams, with the winner of each group qualifying for the semifinals.

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