Government’s Cup back again

Sharlien Tjambari

The historic 5th edition of the Annual Governor’s cup will take place from 1-3 March in Henties Bay this year, the event geared towards development of the youth in sport at grassroots level. The cup will be held under the theme “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game”.

According to the Governor of Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua the aim of the tournament is to unearth raw soccer and netball talent in the region as well as to identify talented U/20 players within the Erongo to represent the region at the regional and national levels, especially at the annual Namibian Newspaper Cup. The tournament is called the ‘Governor’s Cup’ in recognition of the fundamental role the Office of the Governor plays towards the successful organizing and subsequent hosting of the maiden tournament in 2013 which took place in Karibib and was the first ever Governor’s Cup in the country.
The tournament is sponsored by the Office of the Governor in collaboration with the Erongo Football League, Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Local Authorities under the stewardship of the Governor’s Cup Organizing Committee. Mutjavikua calls upon inhabitants of Erongo to go and witness this soccer and netball bonanza, the biggest on the region’s annual calendar. “This marks not only a celebration of sport and youth but, the development and social change in our region as a whole. As we know, sports has propensity to bring about positive development and be an economic driver”, said the Governor in a statement.
Mutjavikua further said the cup is annually rotated throughout all constituencies to ensure that all areas of the region are represented and developed through sports. This event is more than sports, it signifies the unity of people from all works of life in the region for a worthy cause and subsequently develops and creates a platform for sports in rural areas.
“The greatest athletes of our time started from somewhere. They started with someone believing and showing up for them. It is once again my call to stand up for the undiscovered, underprivileged raw gifted player in the remote settlement of Utuseb, for that talented young goalkeeper with his corner’ stones that the builders have rejected in Otjimbingwe, for the young player who has had a passion for the ball since the tender age of two in the dusty narrow roads of Spitzkoppe. Let’s go all out in numbers for the dream of the young and talented”.
A total of eight netball and eight soccer teams have registered for the Governor’s Cup this year, this was confirmed by the Office of the Governor this week.

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