09 Feb 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) The much-anticipated Debmarine Namibia Cup will kick off in five regions this weekend, with teams participating in the preliminary round.
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.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday said Kavango East and Kavango West will be joined by the Khomas, Omusati and //Kharas regions when the action kicks off.
In the Khomas Region, action will kick off on Friday at 18h00, with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) team facing Impala Chiefs Football Club (FC).
Fifteen teams will fight it out in the preliminary rounds with Young Ones, which got a bye to the quarter-finals, joining in at the quarter-finals stage to face the winner between the teams who play on Friday.
In Kavango West, matches start at 08h00 on Saturday in Nkurenkuru. The fixtures for the region were not yet available by Thursday.
Kavango East will see football fans converge on the Rundu Stadium, where 12 teams will slug it out from 07h00.
Tsandi Stadium will see teams in the Omusati Region compete, with the finals set for 18 February.
Rosh Pinah will host action from the //Kharas Region, with 19 clubs battling it out as from Saturday morning at 08h00.
The Oshana Region will have their playoffs on the weekend of 18 February because of regional promotional/relegation playoffs this weekend.
The Omaheke Regions 10 clubs will also be in action on the same weekend, with the draw set after the regional annual general meeting, which takes place on 12 February.
The Erongo Region playoffs also take place next weekend.
The North East First Division elimination round will be held at the Rundu Sports Stadium, starting from 24 February.
The winners of the elimination round will each walk away with N.dollars 20 000, while the losing finalists get N.dollars 10 000. The losing teams in each of the semi-finals will get N.dollars 5 000.
Two regional champs will then be drawn to face each other in the elimination match, which will see one regional winner ousted from the competition.