Final Biest Namibia Cup Launched

The Biest Namibia Cup was launched in Windhoek on Tuesday, when the draw for the Round of 32 matches was also made.

This is the final year of a three-year sponsorship deal which has seen Biest Namibia investing N$20 million into the premier cup event on the Namibian football calendar.

Sebby Kankondi, the CEO of Biest Namibia said their investment was aimed at developing the youth of Namibia.

“This investment was a conscious and deliberate decision, and was based on the knowledge that we are investing in youth development and that is the right thing to do. We hope that the excitement and interest created by the Biest Namibia Cup has renewed our youth’s drive to work harder on the sports field, but also to take the display of good sportsmanship during the previous tournaments to heart, so that they can emulate the values of sportsmanship in all spheres their lives going forward,” he said.

Kankondi however admitted that they would not renew their sponsorship.

“Sadly this is the last year of our investment into soccer, as Biest Namibia will be realigning its social investment drive towards other community upliftment projects. The past two tournaments have been exciting events and have afforded us the opportunity to create new connections and to strengthen existing relations, while warming the hearts of our aspiring and existing soccer talent,” he said.

The president of the Namibia Football Association Frans Mbidi thanked Biest Namibia for their investment, saying they had done a great job.

“This tournament has been exceptionally organised by Biest Namibia and the football family would like to thank you for your dedication to the sport. The Biest Namibia Cup is the biggest event on the Namibian football calendar and touches most of our players and fans across the country,” he said.

The winning team will receive prize money of N$550 000, while the runners up will receive N$220 000 and the losing semifinalists N$100 000 each.

There will also be several individual awards with each man of the match from the Round of 16 N$2 000, while the man of the match of the final will receive N$5 000. The player of the tournament and the top goal scorer will each receive N$25 000.

There will also be a ‘selfie’ competition for soccer fans, while Biest Namibia will also launch an All Access Pass competition in conjunction with the English Premier league club, Sunderland, which is also sponsored by Biest.

Football fans can enter this competition through their match tickets, by writing their names and contact details on the stub and putting it in a sealed entry box at the stadiums. The winner of the competition will win an all-expenses paid trip for two to attend a Sunderland game at the Stadium of Light, while they will also receive Sunderland regalia, attend a practise session and get to meet the players.

Meanwhile, the draw for the Round of 32, which takes place on the weekend of 30 January to 1 February, was made and produced some interesting matchup.

There are three all-Premier League encounters with Civics taking on Rebels, Orlando Pirates up against Tura Magic and United Stars taking on Julinho Sporting. The rest of the draw is as follows:

Touch amp Go v Ohangwena Nampol, Otjiwarongo FC v the winner between Java Java and Spiders FC Citizens v Benfica Cuca Tops v African Stars Unam v the Southern Stream First Division winner which will be concluded this weekend Eleven Arrows v Pubs FC Oshikoto Nampo v Omaheke Nampo Young Chiefs v Ogongo United Tigers v Western Stars Shooting Stars v Black Africa Mighty Gunners v Kangweru Black Tops Swakopmund FC v Real Fighters and Blue Waters v Vietnam Rangers.

Source : The Namibian