Bidvest Namibia Cup in action this weekend

WINDHOEK; The much anticipated Bidvest Namibia Cup will be back in action on Saturday, with preliminary rounds to be played in different towns.

A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Thursday indicated that the games will be hosted at Katima Mulilo Oshakati, Nkurenkuru, Rundu and Onaanda.

The games will see clubs vie for supremacy and places in the last 32 of the competition.

“Exactly 204 clubs will vie for places in the last 32 round of the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup as the three first divisional and the 14 regional second division clubs starts their claim for glory this weekend,” read the statement.

It states that the Oshana regional second division playoffs will start at 09h00 at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Saturday and ends on Sunday, 11 January 2015. The winner is set to join the last 32 Round party.

It added that the Katima Mulilo Sports Stadium will host the Zambezi regional second division playoffs, also on Saturday.

Ohangwena region will also contest on Saturday and action starts at 07h00 at the Ohangwena Stadium, while Oshikoto will host their preliminary action at Nehale Stadium in Onayena, starting on Saturday as well.

“For the first time ever, the two Kavango regions will also enjoy some cup football action. Kavango East and Kavango West football regions will host their playoffs this weekend with Rundu and Nkurenkuru as the respective venues for Olafika,” further read the statement.

Omusati region will also host their playoffs on Saturday with action to be at the David Sheehama Stadium.

The Khomas and Kunene regions will have their playoffs on 16/17/18 January as the North East First Division will also determine which teams advance to the Round of 32 of the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup, while Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo will also see action as Otjozondjupa hold their playoffs that same weekend.

The Southern Stream First division playoff will be held at Mariental on 24-25 January, while on the same weekend, the Omaheke regional playoffs will be held at the Legare Stadium.

According to the statement, the playoffs will see 17 teams emerge instead of 16. As such, two regional second division clubs will be drawn to knock each out of the Round of 32 contest.

The 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup Competition Proper, featuring 32 clubs including the 16 Premier league outfits will be played on 30-31 January as well as on 01 February 2015, at venues to be determined during the launch of the competition on 20 January in Windhoek.

The Round of 16 will be contested on 27-28 February as well on 01 March 2015, with the quarterfinals set for the weekend of 27-29 March 2015.

The semifinal will held on 24-26 April 2015 with the final match, will be contested on 30 May 2015 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.