01 Mar 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) The 19th edition of the Newspaper Cup was launched in Windhoek on Thursday, with the organisers promising a bigger and better event.
Speaking during the launch ceremony, Tangeni Amupadhi, the Editor of the Namibian Newspaper, said the tournament helps keep youngsters doing something productive during the Easter weekend.
Youngsters can get distracted during the long weekend. It may not seem like an important weekend until people mention the Brave Warriors, but it keeps them engaged in productive activities, and that is what keeps us going, he said.
He added that the tournament no longer focuses on boys alone, but since last year, they are now also taking care of the girl child.
He further explained that the tournament also benefits host regions as hostels, small to medium enterprises and other sectors of the community.
He also announced that Standard Bank have come on board as partners, more than sponsors as they availed N.dollars 1 million for the next three years to help run the tournament.
The Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia, Junias Mungunda, applauded The Namibian newspaper for organising the tournament, saying despite the tough economic conditions currently being experienced by the country, they are happy to be part of the tournament.
Sports development should be a collective effort, not only for the central government to foster, but the private sector must come on board as well. We are an active and strong partner of sports and we commit for three years. It was an easy decision for us to make given that this platform for national cohesion is invaluable, he explained.
Namibian Football Association (NFA) Normalisation Committee Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo promised a competition to remember.
At NFA what is key is the output and we are all about [the] mutually beneficial nature of our engagements with others. Therefore, we commit to deliver a cup you have not seen before, she declared.
The event was graced by the Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service, Erastus Utoni, The ministrys Executive Director, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, Director of Sports, Sivute Katamba and other stakeholders.
The draw for the cup is as follows:
Group A: Oshikoto, //Kharas, Kavango East and Zambezi
Group B: Kavango West, Kunene, Omaheke and Hardap
Group C: Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena and Erongo
Group D: Khomas, Oshana and Omusati