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The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament involving all 13 regions kicked off Friday morning at the Paresis Sports Stadium in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The soccer matches are played in the A Field at 70 minutes; 35 minutes before half-time and another 35 minutes to complete the full game.
The tournament which started Friday ends on Monday with the finals.
The annual Newspaper Cup tournament saw Omaheke and Omusati Regional Under-20 soccer players, play the first matches of the tournament today (Friday morning).
Omaheke won the match with four-goals to nil against the Omusati Region.
Erongo Region defeated Caprivi Region with two-goals to nil.
Karas and Hardap Regions equalized with two-goals each, whilst Khomas Region beat down Kavango Region with a goal to nil.
Oshikoto Region one-goal to zero against the Kunene Region, and Otjozondjupa Region the host, drew zero-zero with the Ohangwena Region.
All above matches were only played after a moment of silence was observed in honour of the Omaheke Regional Governor, Rapama Kamehozu who passed on last week Saturday in Windhoek in the Roman Catholic Hospital after a long illness.
Kamehozu will be buried on Saturday in Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The soccer matches here continues tomorrow, Saturday.
(edited)OTJIWARONGO; The 2013 The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament involving under-20 football teams from all 13 regions of the country kicked off at the Paresis Sports Stadium here on Friday morning.
The football matches are played over 70 minutes - 35 minutes for each of the two halves.
The tournament ends on Monday with the final.
All matches were preceded by a moment of silence in honour of the Omaheke Regional Governor, Rapama Kamehozu who passed away last Saturday in Windhoek after a long illness.
Kamehozu will be buried on Saturday in Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region where he hails from.
In the first match of the day, Omaheke beat Omusati four goals to nil (4-0).
Defending champions Erongo defeated Caprivi 2-0, while Karas and Hardap played to a two-all draw.
Khomas beat Kavango 1-0, while Oshikoto beat Kunene 1-0.
Hosts Otjozondjupa drew 0-0 with Ohangwena.
Oshana and Caprivi were still playing at the time of writing.
On Sunday, the traditional exhibition matches will take place, and involve the Brave Warriors against the Namibian Newspaper Cup Shadow Team, while a national youth women’s team face the touring Westphalia side from Germany.
This year’s edition sees the introduction of a new round-robin playing format. There are three groups - two are made up of four teams each while the third group has five.
The winners of Group A and B will advance to the semi-finals and will be joined by the winner and runner-up of Group C.