Cup stays at harbour town

Rudi Bowe

The Erongo Governor’s Cup was held in Henties Bay last weekend where contestants of the Region’s seven constituencies battled it out in soccer and netball. Walvis Bay Urban Constituency emerged the winner in the soccer tournament and Rural Constituency took the same honours with netball.

The purpose of the Governor’s Cup is to bring potential sport talent of the seven Constituencies together and give them the opportunity to strut their stuff and become eligible to play in the prestigious Namibian Newspaper Cup. This year the Newspaper Cup takes place at Mariental.
The Governor of Erongo Clr. Cleophas Mutjavikua at the opening of the Governor’s tournament urged young people to take their example in life from sport legends like Frank Fredericks among others. Discipline, dedication and abstinence from drugs and alcohol are some examples we can take from Namibian sports heroes.
Mutjavikua added: “If you are not disciplined, you will not excel in sport or education. The lack of discipline will have an impact on your ability to become a sport star”.
Mutjavikua urged the young sportsmen and sportswomen to take their sports disciplines serious and make use of every opportunity coming their way.
“To be a sport star you have to define your objectives “You must envision your success. To achieve your best in life discipline must be your best friend. Discipline is the catalyst for all sportsmen and sportwomen’s success, the Governor further explained.
At the conclusion of the Governor’s Cup, fifteen netball players and thirty eight football players were selected. The football team will be trimmed to 20 players, meaning much hard work lies ahead for those who qualified from the Governor’s Cup.
Players will only start practicing two weeks before the Newspaper Cup.
The organisers of the Governor’s Cup expressed their gratitude for those who participated and who in their own way contributed to the overall success of the tournament.
The results: In the first semi-final Swakopmund lost on penalties 5 – 4 to Walvis Bay Rural and in the second semi-final Walvis Bay Urban beat Omaruru 4 – 1 to book an all Walvis Bay final and to keep the cup in Walvis Bay. The final was won by Walvis Bay Urban as they beat Walvis Bay Rural 4 – 0.
Netball teams from the Walvis Bay Constituencies were the defending champs. Walvis Bay Rural beat the Urban team 17 – 13 to retain the cup.

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