31 Jan 2017 07:30am
By Rhonie //Garoëb
MARIENTAL, 31 JAN (NAMPA) The Hardap Region Football Association (HARFA) started its operations for the 2017/18 season when it opened the player and team registration period on 23 January.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, HARFA Secretary-General Ricky Brinkmann said the window period was opened for teams to affiliate and players to sort out their transfers to the new teams.
The most important issue currently is for the teams to affiliate to the league so we can have an idea of how many teams we will have for the season and also to know which teams will be part of the DebMarine Namibia Cup, Brinkmann said.
They are also registering their players for the new season.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth N.dollars 14.1 million with DebMarine Namibia in December last year that will see the NFA Cup make a comeback after being absent since 2015.
Tigers Football Club (FC) won the 2015 edition of the competition.
The DebMarine Namibia Cup will start next month with the knock-out rounds in the first and second divisions before the last 32 teams, including the 16 NPL teams, battle it out for further progression.
Brinkmann said as soon as the teams register, the draw will be done and the elimination round can start on the weekend of 18 February.
Meanwhile, HARFA has urged people interested in coaching and managing the Hardap Under-20 team to submit proposals to the association and be considered for the technical team.
We as association felt that we should source out the technical team positions for interested and qualified people to take the team to this years edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup.
The Namibian Newspaper Cup will be hosted in Swakopmund in the Erongo Region in March this year.
People are always saying the team is managed by people who are not qualified, so we are now giving them the chance to apply.
Brinkmann called on all players born after 01 January 1998 and who are registered with NFA affiliated teams to submit their birth and/or identity documents (ID) to the HARFA office via their coaches for trials for the regional Under-20 team.
HARFA consists of 16 teams from the Hardap Region.
The league was established in 2000 and was won by Reho Madrid from Rehoboth last season.