Swakopmund to host The Namibian Newspaper Cup
Erongo region won the right to host 2017 edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup seeing off competition from the Zambezi Region in the biding process that was finally concluded at Football House on Tuesday.
Initially, four regions, Erongo , Zambezi, defending champions Oshana and Hardap were in the contest to host the much celebrated and exciting youth football tournament during the Easter weekend of 2017 but after the latter two withdrew at the eleventh hour, it was Erongo and Zambezi that battle it out.
Regional governor Kleophas Mutjavikua led the Erongo delegation and Governor Lawrence Sampofu was head of delegation for Zambezi.
In the end it was the 2006 hosts Erongo that got the nod to host The Namibian Newspaper Cup in 2017, with Zambezi given the 2018 hosting rights. Swakopmund will be the host town.
“I would like to welcome you to the Erongo region in advance. This will be the best Namibian Newspaper Cup ever. That is what we are going to start preparing for until April when you come” said Mutjavikua.
Erongo’ s proven record of regularly hosting major events coupled with ready infrastructure gave them the nod while the Organizing Committee felt Zambezi not quite ready to stage the event.
“Taking into account a multitude of factors, including the readiness of the bidding regions at this stage we took the monumental decision to award the hosting rights to Erongo Region,” Namibia Football Association (NFA) Director of Competitions, Rodger Kambatuku announced.
He added that for the 2018 edition of the Newspaper Cup, no bidding will be done, but the event will be automatically given to Zambezi Region with view that Zambezi Sports Centre, which does not have floodlights yet, is then expected to be brighter at night comes that time.
NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro was impressed by the attendance of the politicians from the regions, especially the governors.
“Their presence here is a sign that the two upcoming tournaments will be a success. I am looking forward to 2017 and 2018 Namibian Newspaper Cup,” Rukoro said.