The second edition of the Debmarine Senior Regional Netball Championships will take place this weekend at the Tamariskia Sports Grounds in Swakopmund.
The two-day event will start on Friday with Khomas Region favourites to retain the title they won last year in Windhoek.
The winner will receive N$30,000 including gold medals and a floating trophy, while the second and third placed teams will walk away with N$15,000 and N$9,000, respectively.
The teams have been placed in two pools. Pool A consists of Omusati, Khomas, Erongo, Ohangwena, Hardap, Kavango East and Omaheke regions while Pool B is comprised of Kavango West, Oshikoto, Kunene, Otjozondjupa, Zambezi, Oshana and Karas regions.
Erongo vs Hardap and Khomas vs Omaheke will kick start proceedings on Friday.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer this week, Zambezi Region coach, Selam Nyama, said preparations for the tournament have been going on well.
“Our target is to win the tournament especially our male team. We have 10 female players and 10 male players going to the tournament,” Nyama said.
Omaheke Region assistant coach, Mbahimwa Kavirombo, also believes that his team has what it takes to win the cup this year, despite the lack of league action in the region due to sponsorship challenges.
Kavango East coach, Wellimine Muyenga, said she will not put pressure on her team when asked about her team’s chances at this weekend’s tournament.
“It is not always about winning. The players are going there to showcase their talents. They are ready and they are well-prepared,” Muyenga said.
Otjozondjupa Region coach, George Karambue, who is also coach of Dynamos Netball club in Grootfontein, confidently said that his team was not going to Swakopmund to just make up the numbers.
“We are going to Swakopmund to win the cup. We have 12 female players and 12 male players. I am confident that the male team will also win the cup,” Karambue told the Windhoek Observer.
Last year, Debmarine Namibia and Netball Namibia signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth N$1.8 million with the aim of developing the sport of netball.
Besides sponsoring the regional championship, the funds are also used for the annual Netball Pent Series that is contested by Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Other funds have been set aside for regional league grants at N$10,000 per region, training of umpires, and for the development of Netball Namibia’s website.