Omahake, seen here celebrating their semifinal victory against Otjozondjupa, beat Kavango East 1-0 in Sunday's final.
A solitary second-half strike by super sub Jandzumukaperes Muundja won The Namibian Newspaper Cup for the Omaheke region for the fourth time at the Katima Mulilo Sports Complex on Monday afternoon, denying Kavango East a clean sweep of titles.
Muundja, a first-half replacement for the injured Sidney Tsuseb, swept home the winner after 60 minutes of the hard-fought encounter following a strong run down the left wing by winger Tjarirove Tjeamba, whose whipped cross found his teammate unmarked at the back post for an easy tap in.
It was the 19-year-old Muundja's second act of heroism of the Nedbank Namibia-supported tournament after also converting the winning penalty against last year's winners Otjozondjupa in the semi-finals on Saturday.
''It feels wonderful to be champion. I'm so happy. It was our plan to win the tournament when we left home to come here,'' said jubilant winning captain Kamaijanda Ndisiro.
'This means a lot to us. It was my last chance to win because next year I won't be part of the team. This win will encourage the new guys and the ones coming in next year to also keep our region's name high,'' he added.
Kavango East were hoping for a historical double in the tournament after the girls won the netball title when they defeated Erongo 39-33 in the morning.
Third place in the netball competition went to the Otjozondjupa region, who beat Oshana 30-19.
In the football final, Kavango enjoyed the better chances, but poor finishing and superb defending by Omaheke was their undoing.
In the end, Muundja's strike on the break was enough to secure a record-equalling fourth title to tie with Khomas.
''Kavango were very strong. They were much stronger than the other teams we played before. I think they can win it next year if most of their players are still in the team,'' Ndisiro said of their rivals on the final day of a tournament which was warmly embraced by the Zambezi public.
Omaheke's Ngatjizikue Mbuende also won the player of the tournament prize, while Otjozondjupa's Rivaldo Nanuseb won the top scorer award for his four strikes in the competition, with Kavango East's Nareri Munika chosen as the best goalkeeper.
The referee of the tournament was Naftal Negongo from Khomas, with Hardap being awarded the fair play prize for their sportsmanship.
Meanwhile, Erongo dominated the individual honours in the netball competition as Ashiha Otta won the best player and best defender prizes, with Juanita Kauure picking up the best centre award.
Oshikoto's E Hambago won the best shooter prize for her 75% accuracy at the basket, and Ambrosius Eichab of Otjozondupa was chosen as the best umpire.
- Title: Omaheke Champions for The Namibian Newspaper Cup 2018
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