KEETMANSHOOP – The annual Jeremiahs Christiaans’ Heroes Cup tournament, the biggest soccer tournament in the Karas Region, will kick off on Saturday and end Monday at the Joseph Stephanus Sports Field in Keetmanshoop.
The tournament, which was launched by Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Jims Christiaan on Wednesday evening at the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) centre, is always held over the Heroes holiday with all first and second division teams in the Karas, Hardap, Khomas and other regions invited to participate.
The teams are required to pay a N$1,500 registration fee.
The tournament was first launched in 2011 with the aim to improve local soccer standards, and to raise money for development projects. It was also aimed at keeping young people off the streets and to help them build a career in football.
A maximum of 30 teams are expected to participate and the winner will walk away with N$18,000 cash, a floating trophy and gold medals.
The runner-ups will receive N$9,000 and silver medals, the semi-final losers N$3,200 while those who exit at the quarterfinal stages will gain N$1,650.
Christiaan said Karas Regional Council and KH Burger Construction sponsored this year’s tournament to the tune of N$60,000 and encouraged local teams to enter the tournament, as it is mainly intended for them.
The proceeds from the tournament will be used to sponsor a soup kitchen in the Kronlein suburb, for a community coffin project at the Aroab village as well as a cooperative in the Klein Karas village.
At the launch Karas Regional Football Committee chairperson Harry Jahs encouraged the teams to observe standard soccer rules during the tournament to ensure a good competitive spirit overall.
“I also request all our businesspeople to come on board and support the tournament financially to help it grow every year,” Jahs said.
The Young Beauties Football Club (YBFC) are the defending champions.
“I call upon all the teams who will participate to have good discipline. Discipline should be the first priority,” said YB coach Collen Gusha while handing over the floating trophy to the organising committee. – Nampa