Top Score 7-A-Side tourney kicks off
The 2017 edition of the annual Top Score 7-A-Side tournament was launched this week, with the bulk of the N$202,900 sponsorship set to go towards paying the running costs of the football spectacle, while almost N$30,000 in prize-money will be shared by the top four teams.
The tournament starts this Friday and is expected to end in the middle of March.
Matches will be played in Windhoek every Friday and Saturday, to accommodate corporate teams that will be taking part.
The winners of the tournament are set to pocket N$13,000 in prize-money, while the runners-up will receive N$8,000, the third-placed team N$6,500 and the fourth-placed team N$2,500.
A total of 80 teams are expected to take part in this year’s tournament, which is strictly for Windhoek-based corporate and social clubs.
Two similar tournaments will be hosted at the coast and in the North in September and June, respectively.
Namib Mills Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Practitioner, Ashante Manetti, said the tournament was aimed at community upliftment and engagement.
“The Top Score 7-A-Side tournament is a collaborative venture with Ramblers Sports Club and has been growing steadily over the past 15 years, with a sponsorship value of N$28,000 to the sports club, notwithstanding the running and prize-money costs to the total value of N$ 202,900,” she said.
“We believe that sport creates well-rounded individuals and citizens in society… this sport initiative aids the company in investing… in the development of our country, its sport, as well as to plough back into the community.
“Expanding this tournament across the country has proved to be a great success, as the tournament saw a series of successful games last year in Ongwediva and Walvis Bay.”
Ramblers Football Club President, Harald Hecht, paid tribute to Namib Mills for its continued support of the tournament, in view of the continued challenges that sport codes face in the country.
“Against the background of the Namibian football fraternity, which is experiencing difficulties in attracting sponsors for the beautiful game, Ramblers Football club is particularly proud of its longstanding and continued win-win relationship with Namib Mills and the Top Score brand.
“We look forward to welcoming all participating teams during the next few weeks. May fair play at all times prevail, and may the Top Score 7-A-side tournament be a wonderful teambuilding platform for many years to come,” Hecht added.
Last year’s edition of the tournament was won by HC Welding.
Besides the defending champions, teams to look out for this year include Pedro’s Renovations, Madiba Trading, Feedmaster, Meatco, M+Z Motors, Nampower, Nedbank and Namib Mills.