Kavango East to host Newspaper Cup
The Namibian Newspaper Cup returns with much fanfare when football lovers across the country descend on the Kavango East, the host region for this year’s edition of the youthful cup.
Omusati who won after they defeated the Oshikoto Region in last year’s edition held in Outjo will again face Otjozondjupa at the group stage as well as taking on four- time record winners Khomas Region and 2006 winners Hardap Region in Group B.
Host region Kavango East will have to negotiate their passage to the semifinals past Ohangwena and Karas regions in Group D, while last year’s runner ups Oshikoto Region are in Group C together with Oshana and 2012 winners Erongo Region.
Three time winners Omaheke are in Group A together with Zambezi, Kunene and Kavango West Regions. Group A winners will face Group B winners in the semifinals while winners of Group C and D will clash in the other semifinal encounter.
The Launch event also saw the introduction of Nedbank Namibia as the principle sponsor of the Competition coming on board with a contribution of N$500,000, while the NSA pumped in N$49,000 and Coca Cola, as the official drink sponsor, shipping in with N$60,000 worth of drinks for the Easter weekend event at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
The overall prize monies has increase to N$35,000 to the winners and N$20,000 to the runner-ups. The third placed team will walk away with N$10,000 and N$5,000 will go to the fourth-placed team. Man of the Match prizes has also increased to N$500 while overall individual awards have a N$2 000 price tag compared to N$1 000 last year. The Ministry of Sports will again provide Transport to Rundu to all the visiting regional teams.
The tournament starts on Good Friday morning and ends on Easter Monday and will feature players born as of 01 January 1997 and later. Two teams to be known as The Namibian Shadow Team and the Nedbank Namibia Shadow Team will be selected to play in an exhibition match on Easter Sunday while the finalists will be dressed in the corporate colours of The Namibian Newspaper and Nedbank Namibia.
The theme for the event is “Beware of the Crocs”. Group A: Zambezi, Kunene, Omaheke and Kavango West; Group B: Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Hardap and Khomas; Group C: Oshana, Erongo and Oshikoto and Group D: Kavango East, Ohangwena and Karas.