Two tourneys scheduled for the weekend

Thrilling action expected

31 July 2020 | Sports


The Okahandja football tournament and the Katutura Sports Union's (Kasu) winter cup will take place at the Nau-Aib Stadium, the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the Khomasdal Stadium in the capital this weekend.

The draw for the tournament at Nau-Aib will take place at Okahandja at 17:00 today, said sponsor and tournament organiser Collin Kahuure.

Matches will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Kahuure added that only the first 14 teams will be drawn in efforts to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

Attendee numbers also be capped at 250 for the same purpose.

Kahuure said the tournament is expected to take place over one weekend only and interested teams should book their places in advance with an N$1 300 registration fee.

The winner of this year's event will walk away with N$5 000 and a floating trophy, while the runners-up will receive N$3 000. The best semi-final loser will get N$2 000.

Kahuure further said the wearing of a face mask will be mandatory and no one will be allowed into the stadium without one. “All Covid-19 restrictions and regulations will be adhered to,” he said. Last year's tournament was won by Smash and Grab from Okahandja. Meanwhile, the eighth edition of the Kasu winter cup will also take place on Saturday. The N$25 000 competition has attracted 22 football and 14 netball teams, and is expected to end on 8 August. The cup chairperson Kuveri Tjonga said the youth “have rested for too long due to the Covid-19 outbreak”, adding that the tournament will revive the sport in Katutura.

“Our youth are bored, most recreational events are halted and the competition will help them during this difficult time,” Tjonga said. He added that Covid-19 preventive measures will be adhered to and participating teams are urged to play their part in handling their players and supporters at the stadiums. Teams in the football category will vie for N$17 000, while those in the netball category will compete for N$8 000.

“Besides the prize money, there will be trophies and medals for the winning teams,” Tjonga said. The chairperson further added that only five Namibian Premier League players will be allowed per team.

“It is sad that football in our country is at a standstill and most players are doing nothing. We have to motivate them with these types of competitions, it will add value to their income and fitness,” he said.

Football matches will start off at 07:00 on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, while the netball games will kick-off at 08:30 at the Khomasdal Stadium.

Tom and Jerry won the football final last year, while Truck Team are the defending champions in the netball category.