03 Dec 2017 18:10pm
GOBABIS, 03 DEC (NAMPA) Organisers of the inaugural Debmarine Namibia Cup declared it a success, following its conclusion in Gobabis on Saturday.
The competition commenced in February this year with elimination rounds of first and second division teams, before the Round of 32, which included Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs, started in April.
NPL newcomers Young African beat seasoned campaigners Mighty Gunners by three goals to two in the final at the Legare Stadium.
Speaking to this agency soon after the final match, Senior Financial Manager of Debmarine Namibia, Willy Mertens said despite a setback at the beginning of the tournament when some NPL teams withdrew from the tournament, they were never in doubt about this years competition being successful.
Never did we even consider withdrawing our support. It was beyond our expectations, we will definitely be here next year. This is what we had in mind, he said.
Mertens was complimentary of the organisation, standard of football and the attendance by fans, adding that the crowds were well behaved.
He was also impressed with the womens final between Tura Magic and eventual winners, Namibian Police, and hoped to witness more games of that nature.
Barry Rukoro, the secretary-general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), said Omaheke Region did not disappoint as the event was a success.
The majority aspects of hosting such an event were achieved. We ticked 90 per cent of the boxes that we had set as targets for this years edition. The standard has been set by the region, he said.
Rukoro said he hoped the final of the Debmarine Cup ignited the desire of young people in the region to take football in particular and sports in general seriously.
Our main aim is to offer opportunities for young Namibians to display their skills at a higher level. The atmosphere that we created here must create dreams for young footballers and we did achieve that, he added.
Small business enterprises also benefited because of the competition, as people managed to sell drinks, food and other commodities.
Rukoro added that going forward, they will look at the numbers of people who attend football matches in particular venues, and major footballing events will go there.
He noted that Gobabis, Okahandja and Rehoboth qualify to host international matches by national teams, hence the need by the respective municipalities to work hard in improving their facilities.
His views were echoed by NFA Vice-President and regional football chairperson for Omaheke Region, Ludwig Crooks Nunuheb, who paid tribute to the NFA for choosing his region, saying they hope to host more events of such quality.