Football teams encouraged to used Otji Festival as pre-season training
13 Sep 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chief Administrator, Tovey Hoebeb has called on all Namibia Football Association (NFA) teams to use the Otji Festival as a pre-season tournament before the league kicks off.
Hoebeb told Nampa on Tuesday that with the league finally set to start in October, football teams should use the first ever Otjiwarongo Festival, also known as the Otji Festival, as training to put the final touches to their squads.
Teams are currently busy training for the First Division and Premier League seasons, but what will be an icing on their preparation is competing at the Otji Festival, which will give them an idea of what is still needed in readjusting their teams to be competitive for the season, he said.
The new NPL executive committee recently announced that the 2017/18 season will start on 13 October 2017 after a year and a half stoppage due to financial constraints.
The two-day Otji Festival will be held on 29 and 30 September 2017 at the Mokati and Parises sports stadiums in Otjiwarogo, and will feature football, boxing, drifting, spinning and live music.
The closing dates for registration has been moved to 20 September 2017 to allow teams enough time to register.
The registration fee for the football competition is N.dollars 5 000, and the winning team will walk away with N.dollars 150 000 from the N.dollars 300 000 total prize money.
Runners-up will receive N.dollars 100 000, third place N.dollars 35 000, and fourth place N.dollars 15 000.