23 Mar 2016 19:20pm
RUNDU, 23 MAR (NAMPA) - Rundu is ready to host the 16th edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup taking place from Friday to Monday.
The chairperson of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Ludwig Thikusho told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday they are expecting players to arrive as of Thursday.
The Rundu Secondary School hostel, which is one of two hostels selected to serve as accommodation for players, will host eight regions, while the Maria Mwengere Youth Centre hostel will host four regions, Thikusho explained.
He said due to time constraints the committee only managed to renovate two of the four blocks at the Rundu Secondary School hostel. Some players will therefore be housed at the Sarasungu River Lodge.
Players from the Kavango West and Khomas regions will be hosted at the Kavango Regional Council houses where some of the former governors used to be housed.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) also donated 350 mattresses to be used at the hostels.
As for the Rundu Sports Stadium, the floodlights will be switched on Thursday morning which is an indication that games will be held during the day and night, the LOC chairperson said.
Thikusho said players will be accompanied by a police escort, as well as protocol officials from various points as they enter into Rundu.
Entrance at the gate is free, however, tickets will be provided for control purposes.
We have also deployed security guards at all places where players will be accommodated. But apart from that we have also requested the Namibian Police in the region to safeguard the stadium inside and out. Patrols by the police will also be held in town as it will be crowded during that week, he added.
A variety of food will be sold by local people to boost the economy of the town.
Due to space constraints in the stadium, only 21 stalls will be accommodated, while outside 16 stalls will be set up.
Host the prestigious tournament is costing the LOC close to N.dollars 2.6 million, including renovations and setting up of floodlights at the 500-seat stadium.