Fish River festival set to thrill

20 May 2019 | Sports

Footballers from every corner of the country will converge on Mariental for the third edition of the Fish River Sports Festival that will take place from 7 to 9 June.

The 2019 edition will see teams from all over the country competing, with Upington-based Mainstay United also participating for the second time.

The festival is aimed at bringing people together through football. It has a total budget of N$100 000, and about 32 teams are expected to participate in the tournament, which is open to any team.

The football tournament was won by Try Again in 2015, after they defeated Untouchables from Schlip 2-0 in the final. The 2016 edition, which was hosted in Rehoboth, saw Untouchables defeating Airport Eagles via penalties after a goalless draw.

One of the organisers Rhuuksie //Garoëb said this is a great opportunity for players to showcase their talent.

“Don't be shy to enter. Since it will be off season teams have the chance to get their players in form,” said ­//Garoëb.

He further added that coaches can scout new players. Due to lack of interest, the netball tournament is cancelled. The overall football winners will receive N$50 000, 20 gold medals and a floating trophy, while the runners-up will receive N$20 000 and 20 silver medals. The semi-final losers will receive N$8 000 each, while the four quarterfinal losers will walk away with N$3 500. The registration fee per football team is N$3 500.

The draw will be conducted on 5 June at 19:00 at the Mariental Youth Centre and all teams are urged to send two representatives. The closing date for registrations is 4 June.

Entrance at the gate is N$20 and cars pay N$10. There will be a DJ to keep the crowd entertained at the venue. Vendors will be able to sell their wares at the matches, with a stall fee of N$400 for the weekend.

Teams can contact ­//Garoëb on 081 208 1681 for more information.



LIMBA MUPETAMI

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