…As they adopt favourites tag for Namibian Newspaper Cup
By: John Tuerijama
THE Khomas regional under-20 netball team is confident that it can emulate their senior team that won the inaugural Debmarine Senior National Netball Championship in Windhoek last year, by winning the Namibian Newspaper Cup slotted for April.
The competition traditionally meant for the regional under-20 men football teams will for the first time, this year, feature the regional netball teams.
In the competition’s draw conducted last week, Khomas is pitted against Kavango West in their opening match of their maiden appearance in the competition.
Hosts, Zambezi is drawn in Group B, with Erongo, Omaheke and Omusati in a group dubbed as the ‘group of death’, while Oshikoto in Group C, faces Oshana and Hardap. Group D features Ohangwena, Kavango East and Karas region.
The netball spectacle primed for ‘Easter Weekend’ is expected to unearth Namibia’s untapped talent as the 14 political regions converge in the great Zambezi region.
Regional netball teams that will vie for top honours will have their eye on the grand prize of N$ 25 000 and a glittering floating trophy, while the runner up will take home N$ 12 500. The third and fourth place contenders will each pocket N$ 6 250 and N$ 3 125, respectively.
Despite having the advantage of reasonable state-of-the-art netball facilities compared to its regional counterparts, the Khomas regional under-20 netball team is under pressure to produce the desired results as the region has the country’s best qualified netball coaches.
The Namibian Newspaper Cup organizers took a decision to include netball in the competition because netball as a code, has been struggling to land a potential sponsor in their quest to develop the sport.
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