Debmarine Namibia, who are the main sponsor of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup, have expressed their happiness with the way the tournament that ended in Gobabis last Saturday at the Legare Stadium, was organised.
Young African won the cup after beating Mighty Gunners of Otjiwarongo 3-2 in the final.
Young African walked away N$500,000 richer while Gunners received N$250,000 for coming second.
Debmarine Namibia and the NFA signed a three-year sponsorship agreement last year December worth a total N$14.1 million.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Debmarine Namibia Communications Manager, Stella Auala, described this year’s cup competition as a huge success despite some of the country’s top clubs such as African Stars, Black Africa, Blue Waters, Chief Santos, Orlando Pirates and Tigers having boycotted the cup due to the uncertainty surrounding the start of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) earlier this year.
“When Debmarine Namibia came on board to become a headline sponsor, with a huge commitment of N$14.1 million over three years, we anticipated it would become a huge success, and yes, we are proud of what the competition has delivered so far,” Auala said.
She said Debmarine Namibia remains committed to fulfilling its 3-year sponsorship agreement with the NFA.
“Congratulations to Young African for emerging as champions of our prestigious cup.We also congratulate all the teams that participated and benefited from the Debmarine Namibia Cup. Everyone was a winner and we are looking forward to another exciting season next year,” Auala said.
She added that the sponsorship agreement is part of the company’s corporate responsibility programme, especially towards the youth, as many footballers in the country do not have full-time jobs.
“Supporting sports, and especially football, is without a doubt the most accessible and popular sport-code for all Namibian children – it is a visible illustration of how we turn diamond dreams into reality. As a company that prides itself on being part of the fabric of Namibia society, we are very much aware of the challenges we face as a country.
“We are particularly concerned about opportunities for the youth. Our agreement with the NFA is just one such illustration of the efforts we are making to be responsive to the challenges facing our country. As a responsible corporate citizen, it was important for us to incorporate a broad-based community benefit to the cup, hence the introduction of the man-of-the-match charity element. Where each man-of-the-match was awarded an amount equal to his winning to award to a charity of his choice. As a result, various charities around the country, benefited from this gesture,” Auala said.
Young African coach, Maleagi Ngarizemo, said he was impressed by the way his boys handled their more experienced opponents on the day.
“This is a great achievement for us and can hopefully also help us progress well in the domestic league as well,” Ngarizemo said.
African Stars and Chief Santos have each won the NFA Cup four times, with Stars winning the cup in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014, while Santos won it in 1991, and between 1998 and 2000.
BA and Tigers have both won the cup on three occasions.
This year, saw 267 teams taking part in the cup that started in February.