Sixteen teams through to next round of Bidvest Cup

02 Feb 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) – The Round of 32 in the Bidvest Namibia Cup came to an end over the weekend, with 16 teams booking themselves places to the next stage of the competition.
Round 32 of the third and last edition of the Bidvest Namibia Cup was played on Saturday and Sunday in Windhoek and Tsumeb, respectively.
The teams which advanced are defending champions African Stars, Black Africa, Tigers, Orlando Pirates, Touch & Go, Julinho Sporting, Blue Waters, Eleven Arrows, Unam, Java Java, Swakopmund FC, Citizens, Omaheke Nampol, Rebels, Young Chiefs and Kangweru Black Tops.
Only one team from the First Division made it to the Bidvest Namibia Cup Round 16, while four Second Division teams progressed to the next round of the competition.
Eleven out of the 16 Premier League sides reached the next stage.
Oshakati-based Northwest First Division side,Young Chiefs, are the sole representative of the three Namibian First Division streams.
Java Java will be the only Second Division side that will represent the Khomas Region, while Swakopmund FC will represent the Erongo Region. Ogongo United will represent the Omusati Region, while Omaheke NamPol will represent the Omaheke Region and Kangweru Black Tops will be the Kavango East representative from the lower division.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Kangweru Black Tops Public Relations Officer (PRO), Michael Kampota said his team is ready for the next round of the competition.
“We are now going to prepare tougher than against Mighty Gunners, because we want to show that even though we play in the Second Division, we can compete with teams that are playing football at a higher level than us,” he said.
Kampota added that his team is ready for any opponents they will be drawn against for the Round of 16.
“We learned that there is nothing special or different in the football we play in the Second Division compared to the football played by Premier League teams. The only thing we learned is that Premier League teams convert all their opportunities, while we waste a lot of goal-scoring opportunities,” he stated.
“If we are drawn against a team from the Second Division - that will be an added bonus, because we will play opponents that are at the same level as us, but we are ready for any opponent” Kampota said.
The Round of 16 will be contested on 27 and 28 February as well as on 01 March, with the quarter-finals set for the weekend of 27 to 29 March.
The semi-finals will take place from 24 to 26 April, while the final will be contested on 30 May at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.