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Football and netball teams from different villages will battle it out during the annual NRSDF Top Two competition.

28 February 2019 | Sports

The annual Namibia Rural Sports Development Federation (NRSDF) Top Two football and netball competition, which was supposed to start on 8 March, will be commencing this Friday, due to the large number of teams.

The tournament will be held in the capital at the Khomasdal stadium.

One of the organisers, Ngatuuane Hange, told Nampa after the draw on Monday that the N$40 000 competition has attracted 28 football and 22 netball teams, which forced them to change the dates.

“This is one of the competitions that is popular among rural sports teams and the number of participating teams speaks volumes,” said Hange.

He added the aim of the competition is to promote rural sport and urged participating teams to maintain discipline and keep the spirit of togetherness.

In the football category, teams are divided into groups A and B, while the netball teams will compete head-on.

In Group A, Omuramba and Ehungiro Swallows will play each other in the first football match, followed by Tucklyn against Boffing in Group B.

Hukununa football team will lock horns with Okaoveni in the third match, while Otjimanangombe and Benoni will play the last game on Friday.

The netball games will start on Saturday at 10:00, with Boffing ladies taking on their counterparts from Okaoveni in the first game.

According to the organiser, the football games will also start at 10:00 on Saturday and the teams are required to respect the scheduling.

“Teams should adhere to their time of play to avoid delays, as we know there is a demand for sport facilities in the capital,” Hange urged.

The spectators can look forward to skilful displays at competition, including during the derby between Okombomi and Okatjosorui.

Epukiro football giants Okovimburu and Otjimati are drawn against each other, while Aminius spectators will see Fire Eyes locking horns with Otjiungukua in another derby.

In the expected netball thrillers, Otjimanangombe versus Omitivine is one of the games to look out for, while Otjozondjima versus Okomumbonde is also expected to produce a spectacular derby.

Otjinoko and Okombomi will meet in another derby in the netball category.

Hange said there will be special awards for the top player, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and goal-scorer in football, while the most disciplined team, team of the competition and most disciplined player of the tournament will be rewarded in netball.

The quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals of the competition are expected to take place between 8 and 10 March in the capital.

Otjombinde-based Young Stars and Otjinoko from Otjinene won last year's competitions in football and netball, respectively.

NAMPA

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