Newspaper Cup Bidding Open

The bidding for the hosting of the 2015 The Namibian Newspaper Cup is open, the organisers say.

All regions have been invited to submit their applications for the hosting of the premier youth football spectacle.

The bidding deadline has been set for 29 August.

The NFA and The Namibian newspaper are responsible for examining candidatures from all regional affiliates for the hosting of the competition.

Interested bidders are required to provide written assurance from their region’s governor’s or mayor’s office.

Increased interest of political leaders and the business fraternity is seen as the best available option to make the tournament more lucrative for participants, who range from budding footballers and artists to street vendors.

The maiden edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup was worth a mere N$120 000 but has since totalled well over N$1 million in recent years.

Kunene region have already showed their interest in hosting the event when they submitted their application during this year’s competition, which was staged at the historic Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, Oshikoto region.

“Applications for the hosting of the 2015 edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup competition must reach the NFA Secretariat by latest 30 August 2014, accompanied by a full dossier on accommodation, stadium, as well as the assurances from the governor’s andor mayor’s office,” the organisers said.

Additionally, every applicant should adhere to the timelines for the designation of hosting the 2015 edition of the U20 The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

The organisers plan to announce the shortlisted candidates on 11 September, with the initial inspection of the proposed venue and host town expected to be held on 14 and 15 September. The final decision on the successful applicant will be made on 29 October.

Last year, the Erongo and Oshikoto regions battled it out for the honour of hosting the prestigious event, with the latter emerging successful after impressing the organisers.

Erongo, which successfully staged the sixth edition of the tournament in Walvis Bay in 2006, is again expected to bid for the event.

Source : The Namibian