The Debmarine Namibia Cup has moved into quarter-ﬁnals and draws have already take place last week the Secretary General of Barry Rukoro, Namibia Football Association (NFA) told The Villager. The exciting 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup quarterﬁnals will be played this time around at the Lagerhue stadium at the eastern town of Gobabis in Omaheke region.
“Action will start on the 29th with Mighty Gunners taking on Try again and then Tura Magic against Civics takes tom the ﬁeld in the second game at 13h00. Local based side premier league new comers will Young African will then take on Rundu Chiefs at 15h00 in the feast of football at the same stadium.
The ﬁnal game of the day will at 17h00 and we will see another Gobabis-based side Eastern Chiefs logging horns with Oshakati based premier league side Young Chiefs,” Rukoro said.
He added that semiﬁnals dates and venues are yet to be conﬁrmed ant the winner in the Mighty Gunners and Try Again clash will face the winner between Civics and Tura magic while the winner between Young Africa and Rundu Chiefs will face the winner from the match between Young Chiefs and Eastern Chiefs. Debmarine is the current sole sponsors of the cup and one of the challenges is to get more sponsors on board The Villager learnt.
“The ﬁrst challenge is to always convince the sponsors to come on board and invest in the competition as without that funding we will ﬁnd it difﬁcult to put up a good event. This is made difﬁcult because of our population is such a small economy in terms of real hard core business, the corporate companies that normally sponsor football on the basis of wanting to grow their market space,” Rukoro said.
He further added that the companies that makes real money such as the mining ones do not have competition in their various spaces of operations and will sell and contact the same amount of business whether they sponsor or not and the situation in Namibia differs from what prevails in other countries with bigger population sizes. The Villager understands that each club for the quarterﬁnals have received a playing kit last week and will in addition get N$20 000 for travel and preparations, and the same treat will apply for the semiﬁnals as well.
The fees will also be increased to N$30 0000 for the two ﬁnalists and each man of the match player, will receive N$1 500 in the quarterﬁnals; N$2 000 in the semiﬁnals and N$5 000 in the ﬁnal match and he will have to select a charity of his choice that will receive an equivalent amount. The last 16 rounds of the cup have been played at Mariental and Walvis Bay respectively last month.