ANY TAKERS? ... The Namibian Newspaper Cup bids are open.
THE organisers of The Namibian Newspaper Cup have invited regions to submit bids for hosting the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition.
The bidding process opened on 7 May and will conclude on 8 June, with preliminary inspections of the candidate regions set for 16-20 July before presentations and announcements on 10 August.
Arguably the country's foremost sports development tournament, the event, supported by Nedbank, also prides itself on sound organisation, said The Namibian's general manager, Sieggie Veii-Mujoro.
That aspect was somewhat lacking this year, as hosts Zambezi appeared overwhelmed by the occasion, leading to the title sponsors overspending on the event by N$1 million.
“We expect the hosts to raise the standard every year. It did not happen in Zambezi, as we had to come in and rescue the situation as they were not ready by the time the event came around. We need people who are prepared ahead of time to avoid running around at the last minute,” Veii-Mujoro stressed.
The tournament is traditionally and primarily a football competition, but netball was added to the roster for the first time this year to broaden its mandate. It may accommodate volleyball next year.
Kavango West won the netball title, while Omaheke claimed football honours.
“There are discussions around the inclusion of volleyball to the programme. For that to happen, we need more corporate entities to join us so that we can expand and cater for more youths,” he added.
“All the regions are welcome to bid. We look forward to receiving their bids, and may the best candidate win,” he said.
Barring Ohangwena and Omusati, the Newspaper Cup has been hosted by every region since its inception 18 years ago.
“The bids must show that the region is capable of hosting an event of this magnitude. It is not easy, and requires that everybody pulls together, meaning the business people and political figureheads must get involved,” Veii-Mujoro said.
“The host town must have an up-to-standard netball court and football field with adequate lighting for evening matches. They must also ensure separate and conducive accommodation hostels for boys and girls. These are the minimum requirements,” he advised.
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