Debmarine Namibia announced 32 teams that will be taking part in the prestigious Debmarine cup last Friday.
About 13 second division team winners were joined by the 16 Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs at this round of 32 draw.
Speaking at the occasion, the minister of sports, Erastus Uutoni, expressed gratitude towards Debmarine Namibia saying that the government remains committed towards sports development.
“This has been entrenched in our latest NDP, where we express the desired outcome that Namibians have improved opportunities to participate in professional sports with employment contribution increasing from 0,2% in 2014 to 2%. And we voiced the hope that this could happen by 2022.”
“This goal has not wavered at all as we realise that governments worldwide are increasingly adopting sport for development programmes to encourage social cohesion, integrate marginalised members of society, alleviate poverty, reduce substance abuse and crime and raise awareness of HIV and AIDS,” he said.
He added that trying to make do with less is never easy.
“That is why the government is grateful for any corporate and private company who jumps in to lessen Namibia’s burden, while supporting worthwhile initiatives and projects in the country,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Otto Shikongo, the chief executive officer of Debmarine Namibia said they are aiming at improving young Namibians through the popular sport of football
He said they remain rough diamonds that needs polishing through trainings and encouragement.
Through the sponsorship of the Debmarine Namibia Cup, he said they are also assisting in having their abilities recognised and polished and leading them towards winning teams or exceptional youngsters being discovered.
“From the outset we have said that our support of this football cup aimed at turning dreams into reality especially for our youth. At Debmarine Namibia we believe that sport sponsorship nurtures socio-economic benefits for communities,” he said.
He added that as a corporate company, Debmarine Namibia strives to ensure that it also acts in a socially responsible manner by empowering and uplifting the youth through sports.
From the Namibia Premier League teams, the list goes: African Stars FC; Black Africa FC; Blue Waters FC; Chief Santos FC; Citizens FC; Civics FC; Eleven Arrows FC; Life Fighters FC; Mighty Gunners FC; Orlando Pirates FC; Rundu Chiefs FC ; Tigers FC ; Tura Magic FC ; UNAM FC ; Young African FC and Young Chiefs FC were drawn to take part in the cup.
Teams in the first division from all over Namibia are, Khomas Nampol FC and Golden Bees.
From teams of the Regional Second Division League, Reho Madrid FC; Real Fighters FC; Once Again FC; Rhino FC ;Ohangwena NamPol FC; Khuse FC ; Dynos FC; Space FC ; Fresh United FC ; Onathinge FC ; Omaheke Nampol FC; Once Again Football Academy FC; Swallows FC and Swakopmund FC were drawn.