15 Apr 2017 12:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 15 APR (NAMPA) A total of 32 goals were scored in the nine matches played on the first day of the 2017 Namibian Newspaper Cup underway at Vineta Sport Stadium in Swakopmund.
This translated to an average of 3.5 goals per game on Friday.
Omusati Region beat Hardap 2-1 in the opening game of the day and the second game was a surprise when perennial under achievers Zambezi Region beat defending champions Oshana 1-0.
The host region, Erongo got their campaign off to a great start when they beat Kavango East 3-0 in the third match of the day.
In the fourth and fifth matches, Omaheke met Kunene with both teams settling for a 1-1 draw, while Ohangwena and ||Karas settled for the same score.
Four-time champions, Khomas then beat Oshikoto Region 3-0 in the sixth match, while Oshana beat Omusati 5-3; the highest number of goals during the day in match seven.
Match number eight saw Zambezi routed 6-0 by a rejuvenated Hardap, who had lost the opening match of the day.
By match eight, Hardap Coach Christy Goraseb told Nampa there is hope.
We were unlucky in the first half as we did not convert enough chances to win the match. I am happy the goals are now coming, hopefully they will carry us through.
The last match of Friday saw Kunene and Kavango East drawing 2-2.
With nine games set for Saturday, spectators can expect more goals as teams aim for progression to the next round.
Since goal difference will play a role in determining who goes through and who is knocked out, some teams may need to up their goal-scoring rate.
This is the 17th edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup.
It ends on Easter Monday.