The dazzling Debmarine Namibia cup finals will be played at Gobabis this weekend between the two giants football clubs, Mighty Gunners and Young Stars.
The winner on Saturday will receive N$500 000 in prize money in addition to the N$108 000 already received as travel and preparation fees bringing the total award to N$608 000, Willy Martens Chief Financial Officer at Debmarine Namibia has said at the unveiling ceremony of the kit of the teams that are to take part.
“This amount increased to N$2 000 at the semi-finals and N$5 000 in the finals. The travel and preparation fees were increased to N$20 000 for each club that made it to the Round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals whereas the two finalists received N$30 000 each,” he said.
He added that additionally there are individual awards for players, coach and top goal scorer of the series who will each receive N$20 000 with N$15 000 each earmarked for the goalkeeper, referee and assistant referee of the series.
The loosing finalist will receive N$358 000; N$250 000 as prize money and N$108 000 for travel and preparation.
The loosing semifinalists, Tura Magic, from Windhoek and Young Chiefs from Oshakati already received N$150 000 each for reaching the semifinals.
Martens further said that this year’s edition of the Debmarine Namibia cup started in all 14 Regions of the country during the elimination stage, followed by the round of 32 matches in Windhoek and Tsumeb and round 16 in Mariental and Walvis Bay.
The quarter finals and semi finals were held in Gobabis and Otjiwarongo respectively.
“The Cup never cease to amaze and once again proved a fertile ground for our National Team, Brave Warriors, to scout for talent. This is a visible illustration of how we turn diamond dreams into reality.
Martens said there are very committed to create opportunities for young Namibians through football.
“As we announced during the Round of 16, Debmarine Namibia Cup ensures support incentives for all the participating football clubs inclusive of attractive cash prizes to deserving winners,” Martens said.
He added that the man-of-the-match at that stage was awarded N$1 500 and an equal amount gone to a charity of his choice.
This amount increased to N$2 000 at the semi-final and N$5 000 in the final.
The travel and preparation fees were increased to N$20 000 for each club that made it to the Round of 16 quarter-finals and semi-finals whereas the two finalists received N$30 000 each.
Furthermore, Debmarine Namibia will double the prize money on offer for the final of the NFA Women Super Cup between Tura Magic and Khomas Nampol that will also be played in Gobabis as a curtain raiser to the Debmarine Namibia Cup Final.