27 Feb 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) The 2018 Namibian Newspaper Cup, which is scheduled for Katima Mulilo from 31 March to 02 April, was officially launched in Windhoek on Tuesday.
This will be the 18th edition of the popular youth football tournament which will this year see the introduction of an Under-20 netball competition for all 14 regions.
The previous 17 editions saw Under-20 teams compete in football only.
The event was launched in the presence of Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu, Namibian Newspaper's acting editor, Christof Maletzky, Namibia Football Association first and second vice president Naftali Ngalangi and Ludwig Nunuheb and various representatives of the sponsors and football community.
Sampofu paid tribute to the organisers for showing confidence in the region.
We are honoured as a region to host this event as it is going to benefit a lot of people. We would like to thank all the sponsors as they will improve lives of the people of the region, he said.
He added that the tournament will be held under the theme Preserving the Zambezi Bream.
The tournament will help us spread conservation messages through this years theme. We are also expecting some spectators from Zambia and Botswana to witness this event, the governor added.
He said the government and private sector are collaborating to develop the host town of Katima Mulilo.
Some of the developments include the installation of lights at the Zambezi Sports Field. The stadium and hostels of the schools which will house the players and officials are also being painted.
Sampofu said 800 mattresses will also be bought for the hostels and after the tournament, these mattresses will remain at the schools hosting the players and officials.
All these developments are due to the fact that government is meeting with the private sector to improve lives in the regions, he added.
The Namibian Newspaper Cup football tournament is sponsored by the Namibian Newspaper and supported by Nedbank Namibia.
The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare will also this year run various campaigns targeting the girl child, HIV and Aids programmes and offer life skills to people in the region.