2017 Newspaper Cup kicks off

14 Apr 2017 12:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 14 APR (NAMPA) – The 2017 Newspaper Cup kicked off at Vineta Sport Stadium Friday morning, following a street parade through the city centre of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.
Led by the Military Brass Band, the 14 regions’ participating teams, officials, and car enthusiasts strutted in the procession that began and ended at the stadium.
Governor of Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua welcomed the crowd that included counterparts such as Esme Isaack (Hardap) and Lawrence Sampofu (Zambezi), and Deputy Minister of Sport Youth and National Service, Samuel Mbambo.
Mutjavikua urged the participating teams to play well and entertain the fans, who came in large numbers to witness the opening ceremony and first game of the tournament.
“Welcome to Erongo Region, welcome to Swakopmund. This will be the best tournament ever of the Newspaper Cup. We are honoured to host you and feel free to ask for help to make your stay even more memorable,” said Mutjavikua.
Tangeni Amupadhi, the editor of the Namibian newspaper told Nampa on Friday that everything is going according to schedule.
A welcoming gala dinner will be held on Friday night at a local hotel where the Erongo governor is expected to officially welcome teams and visitors.
At the time of publishing this article, the first game between Erongo and Omusati was done with a score of 2-1 in favour of the latter.
This is the 17th edition of the tournament. Last year’s competition took place in Rundu, Kavango East Region, with next year’s tournament scheduled to take place in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region.