17 Jun 2015 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - Tigers Football Club (FC)s Panduleni Nekundi walked away with N.dollars 25 000 for being the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup Top Goal Scorer.
The award ceremony was held on Wednesday at Football House in the capital.
Nekundi scored 14 goals during their encounter against KCR Western Stars early this year in Tsumeb.
Tigers won that match 25-0, and went on to win the 2015 Bidvest Cup trophy.
Nekundis teammate, Fillemon Nambele, was crowned Player of the Tournament and walked away with the same prize money.
Nambele featured in all five of Tigers matches in the competition and won the Man of the Match award in their semi-final win over Eleven Arrows, as well as in the final match against Orlando Pirates.
Speaking at the awards, Nekundi said after Tigers lost out on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) title, they decided to shift their focus to the Bidvest Namibia Cup.
When we gave away the league, we turned our attention to the cup and in the end, it paid off for us. I now plan to make sure I return to the Brave Warriors fold, and just want to thank everyone who contributed to our success, especially the supporters for believing in us, he said.
Tigers last won the trophy, which was then known as the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup, in 1996, while Pirates last won it in 2009.
Meanwhile, Tsumeb resident Natangwe Haipumbu won the All Access Pass, which has been running since the 2015 Bidvest Namibia competition kicked off earlier this year.
Haipumbu will travel to England to watch any English Premier League (EPL) team against Sunderland in September. He indicated that he will take along his elder brother (name not available).
Haipumbu said he entered the competition in Tsumeb when Tigers beat Western Stars.
Speaking during the awards ceremony, Commercial Director for Bidvest Namibia, Theo Mberirua, congratulated the winners.
He also thanked members of the media for the coverage they provided for the three years that Bidvest had been the main sponsor of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup. Bidvest will no longer sponsor the competition.
On his part, NFA Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro said they will hold dear the legacy of the Bidvest Namibia Cup.
This cup has taught us more on event management and organisation, and provided sufficient games for our players to compete at the highest level.
The success the Brave Warriors enjoyed is thanks to Bidvest Namibias contribution, he stated.