Organisers of the recently hosted sports tournament in Usakos said they are happy with the two-day event that featured several football and netball teams from the region.
The annual tournament, co-sponsored by Engen Usakos and Orano Mining Namibia (formerly known as Areva) to the tune of N$130,000, was hosted at the Usakos Sports Field over the past weekend.
It attracted football and netball teams from Usakos, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, Otjiwarongo and Omaruru.
Sixty thousand went towards the organisation and prize monies for both football and netball, while N$70,000 was spent on entertainment, including a music bash, marketing and logistics.
Now in its fourth year, the tournament’s primary aim is to provide a platform for talented and aspiring sports men and women to showcase their skills.
“The tournament also gives players the opportunity to be scouted by teams in the domestic league and creates platforms for vendors and entrepreneurs to trade and do mutual-learning, so as to improve their socio-economic well-being,” Irene Simeon-Kurtz, owner of Engen 1Stop Usakos told the Windhoek Observer.
“It also help artists and bands to market their music and connect with their fans; and most importantly to attract potential investors to come to Usakos.We are really proud to associate ourselves with an event that is contributing immensely to the lives of our people from all over the region and beyond.”
A record 35 teams competed for top honours in football, while 12 teams took part in netball.
Imcor Chiefs FC won the football tournament after they beat Mighty Stones 3-0 in the final, while Eleven Arrows won the netball tournament when they beat Henties Bay 33-21 in the final.
Imcor Chiefs received N$14,500 plus 20 gold medals and a floating trophy, while Arrows received N$5,000 in cash, plus medals and a floating trophy.
Isaaskar ‘Bio’ Gurirab of Imcor Chiefs won the Top Goal Scorer award after netting in five gaols, and N$300 prize money.
Primarco //Hauseb, also of Imcor Chiefs, was voted Player of the Tournament and received N$500.
Another Imcor Chiefs player, Alfons Gurirab, walked away with the Best Defender award worth N$500.
“This year’s competition seems to have been tougher for the participating teams in both categories compared to the previous years,” Simeon-Kurtz said.
“The less fancied teams, from smaller towns and places were more prepared resulting in favourites like Maroko Boys FC (Usakos), Karibib Football Club, Soronto Bucks, Dolam Pirates, Western FC (Henties Bay) not reaching the semi’s this time around.
“Chiefs FC, coached and managed by former Orlando Pirates midfielder, Felix Witbooi, deservingly won. The exciting Gurirab scored a total of five spectacular goals throughout the tournament, to scoop the cash money for Top-goal scorer.”
Orano Mining Namibia Managing Director, Hilifa Mbako, said he was happy with the organisation of this year’s tournament.
“This is really beautiful, and we knew from the onset that it is something more meaningful that goes beyond sports. It is good to know that we continue touching lives and reaching out the best we can. What is more satisfactory is seeing that people are seizing the opportunity and selling their products,” Mbako said.