Rikus Grobler | Feb 8, 2018 | 0
DebMarine half-million prize Cup draws near
Lower divisions will enter uncharted territory on the weekend of 10 February onwards as the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup ignites a countrywide duel for the winning prize.
Diamond mining giant Debmarine Namibia and the NFA announced in December a three-year sponsorship deal worth N$ 14.1 Million that will see the return of Namibia’s flagship football competition, the NFA Cup, as the Debmarine Namibia Cup.
More than 250 players will take part in the first competition of the new football season.
From Kunene to Zambezi, from Oshana to Otjozondjupa, Khomas down to Karas and Omaheke and Erongo regions, each political region’s second division clubs will vie for just one spot each to proceed to the last 32 round of the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup.
Two regional champs will then be drawn to face each other in the elimination match which will see one regional winner ousted from the competition.
Three first division will also see clubs battle it out for one spot each of the country’s first divisions; North East, North West and Southern Stream first divisions.
Winners of the elimination round will each walk away with N$20,000 and the losing finalist with N$10,000 and the losing each losing semifinals with receive N$5000 for their part in the football extravaganza.
From then on the 16 Namibia Premier league clubs will join the fray in the round of 32, where each club will receive N$18,000 all the way to the final for preparations while the overall winners will walk away with N$500,000.
NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro said all preparations are ready for the opening weekend. “We are all excited about this venture and pulling all stops to make sure the first weekend of the Debmarine Namibia Cup is a success”.