Namibian Newspaper Cup winners accorded heroic welcome

RUNDU: The Kavango regional under-20 team which won this year’s Namibian Newspaper Cup at Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region received a heroic welcome upon their return to Rundu on Tuesday.

The joint Kavango regional team made up of players from both Kavango East and West defeated the Oshana Region by two goals to one in the final of the annual newspaper cup, which kicked off on Friday and ended Monday.

The regional team was showered with messages of praise and congratulations from inhabitants of the Kavango East and West regions on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Rukavango radio programmes on Tuesday morning.

The team, escorted by a convoy of vehicles led by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s traffic department, held a parade in the streets of Rundu while displaying their new trophy and medals to residents of the two regions.

The Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of the Kavango Regional Council, Sebastian Kantema then received the players at the Kavango Regional Council.

Kantema congratulated the players, including their technical staff, saying they have done the two Kavango regions proud as it was the first time the regions won the Namibian Newspaper Cup.

The Kavango Regional Council CRO said the members of this year’s team will go down in the history of the region’s sports records for being the first players and technical staff to ever bring the newspaper cup back home.

Kantema also used the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on local businesses for showing a lack of interest in supporting sports activities despite the support they receive from the locals.

“The businesses in these regions are only interested in making profit from communities, but they are not generous enough to plough back into such communities as part of their social responsibility,” he lamented.

The CRO however thanked Cymot for sponsoring the regional football team with players’ kits and N.dollars 5 000.

He called on other companies and individuals to emulate Cymot’s example by supporting various sports codes as a way of uplifting the standard of sports in the region.

Kantema proposed that the regional council consider hosting an official event to celebrate the team’s success.

The Oshikoto Region ended third overall, crushing the 2013 winners Otjozondjupa Region on penalties (5-4).

The winning team received gold medals and N.dollars 30 000, and the runners-up received silver medals and N.dollars 15 000.

The Oshikoto Region received N.dollars 10 000, and Otjozondjupa N.dollars 6 000.

SOURCE: NAMPA