By Sports Reporter
FOOTBALL fanatics in Luderitz can look forward to an epic friendly match when the best of the best in the recently launched Harders Cup will rub shoulders against Premier League outfit Tura Magic FC in April.
The cream of Luderitz footballers stand to be selected to showcase their talent against one of Katutura’s top football clubs. Harders Cup organiser, Tim Ekandjo said in a media statement that there would be more excitement for the players that will participate in the newly launched Harders Cup in Luderitz. As part of extending and giving the players more exposure, the organisers have decided to rope in top selectors who will help select the best 11 players at the end of the tournament.
“The best 11 will form a team called the Harders XI, and they will have an opportunity to play Tura Magic in a friendly on Saturday, 29th April during the 10th Anniversary of the Luderitz Crayfish Festival,” said Ekandjo.
He added:” Giving the players an opportunity to play a top club in Namibia gives them the much-needed exposure and enhances their level of confidence, not only on the field of play but also life in general. It also adds value to the new brand of the Harders Cup which is important for the stakeholders involved. We have for now agreed with Tura Magic in principle while the finer details are being finalised.”
Tura Magic chairman, Peter Nakurua said it was a great honour to be selected from among other NPL clubs to play against the best that Luderitz can offer. He said playing in Luderitz will expose the club to a new support base, while the possibility exists that one or two players from the town could be signed by Tura Magic.
“We are very excited to be part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Crayfish Festival,” said Nakurua.
The Harders Cup will be held on the 25th and 26th of March and the winning team will walk away with N$100,000, runners up N$50 000 and third place N$20 000 while every team gets a participation fee of N$5 000.
The Harders Cup finals will be broadcast live on NBC television from Luderitz stadium on the March 26.
Incorporated in the event is the Harders Music bash that will see DJ Alba, S-Man, Heavy K and Gazza entertaining fans on March 25. Entrance to both the tournament and music event is free of charge.
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