Namibia Premier League (NPL) chief administrator Tovey Hoebeb has urged top-flight teams to use the 'Otji Festival' as a pre-season tournament before the league kicks off.
Hoebeb told Nampa on Tuesday that with the NPL finally set to start in October, football teams should use the first-ever Otjiwarongo festival, also known as the Otji festival, to put the final touches to their squads.
"Teams are currently busy training for the First Division and Premier League seasons, but what will be the icing on their preparations is competing at the Otji festival, which will give them an idea of what is needed in readjusting their teams to be competitive for the season," he noted.
The new NPL executive committee recently announced that the 2017/18 season will start on 13 October after a year-and-a-half's stoppage due to financial constraints.
The two-day Otji Festival will be held on 29 and 30 September at the Mokati and Paresis sports stadiums at Otjiwarongo, and will feature football, boxing, drifting, spinning and live music.
The closing date for registration has been moved to 20 September to allow teams enough time to register.
The registration fee for the football competition is N$5 000, and the winning team will walk away with N$150 000 from the N$300 000 total prize money.
The runners-up will receive N$100 000, third place gets N$35 000, and fourth place will be consoled with N$15 000.