Kharas Region are the champions of the 2019 The Namibian Newspaper Cup after defeating Otjozondjupa 2-1 in the pulsating final played at a packed Mariental Stadium on Easter Monday.
Kharas took the lead in the final through the left footed boot of Heinrich Plaatjies on six minutes and they took the lead to the break. In the second half, Otjozondjupa brought on Ulipianus Ameb for Hassan Duaseb and it finally paid off as the substitute pull the sides level on 58 minutes with a fine finish. The winner came on 68 minutes through midfield powerhouse and Man of the Match Simeon Namondi.
Kharas wins their first The Namibian Newspaper Cup and are the first region to put their hands on the brand new trophy for the youth tournament.
Khomas took third place when they defeated Omaheke 4-1 in their playoff match. Omaheke opened the scoring through Mentholius Taseb and I was not long before Eldery Morgan equalized for Khomas. Godwin Eiseb then scored his third of the tournament to give Khomas the lead and Man of the Match Pitsi Ameb made it 3-1 at halftime with a fine at the death. In the second half, Eiseb scored his second and fourth of the tournament to be joint top goal-scorer with Hardap’s Chris Jacobs.
In the individual awards, Namondi deservedly Player of the Tournament while his teammate Fritz Narib wins the Goalkeeper of the Tournament gog. Chris Jacobs from Hardap and Godwin Eiseb from Khomas shares the Top Goal scoeer award with four goals each. Angula Angula is voted Best Assistant referee while Filipus Nghilinganye is the Referee of the Tournament. Oshana Region takes the Fair Play award as they did not receive any cautions in the tournament.
Altogether, 75 goals were scored in 22 matches by the youngsters. The next edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup will be in Oshakati, Oshana Region during the Easter Weekend.