Newspaper Cup launch on Tuesday

The 2020 The Namibian Newspaper Cup powered by Standard Bank will be launched on Tuesday, 17 March at the Standard Bank Headquarters in Windhoek as the 14 regions waits who they will face at the football and netball under-20 tournament set for Oshakati between 10 and 13 April.

The annual football and netball tournament played during Easter Weekend each year, will be launched on Tuesday at 10h00 with the draw also set to take place to pit the 14 regions into football and netball groups for the first round of the championships.

Kharas Region are the defending champions after winning the 2019 The Namibian Newspaper Cup with a 2-1 win over Otjozondjupa in the pulsating final played at a packed Mariental Stadium last year. Kharas won through goals from Heinrich Plaatjies and Simeon Namondi, while Ulpianus Ameb scored for Otjozondjupa.

Namondi deservedly took Player of the Tournament while his teammate Fritz Narib won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament gog. Chris Jacobs from Hardap and Godwin Eiseb from Khomas shared the Top Goal scorer award with four goals each. Angula Angula was 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 at the 2019 edition in Mariental and the next edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup to be staged at Oshakati will surely yet again unearth netball and football talents for Namibia to flow in the footsteps of Namondi, Narib, Jacobs and many others before them.