OFL takes Okahandja by storm

The league was established to give players who have not been registered within the structures of the Namibian Football Association (NFA) a platform to showcase their talents.

10 May 2021 | Sports

SPORT REPORTER

The Okahandja Football League (OFL), which was established earlier this year, has captured the imagination of the residents of the ‘Garden Town’, it appears.

The league was established to give players who have not been registered within the structures of the Namibian Football Association (NFA) a platform to showcase their talents.

It is for that reason that no players registered with second-division, first-division or premier league teams are permitted to play in any of the 14 sides competing in the OFL.

The league started its activities by hosting an Independence Cup, which was played in honour of newly elected Okahandja regional councillor Bethuel Tjaveondja, in March.

That tournament served as the season opener, with the league having kicked off in the first week of April.

After three rounds of action, the OFL looks set to become a permanent fixture on the weekend activities in the Garden Town, with supporters and players now getting used to competing in the league.

“We have been pleasantly surprised by how well the community has embraced this development,” said Gabriel Ndokotora, one of the interim committee members who are running the OFL.

“People are talking about their favourite teams and individuals are going out of their way to support us, though small donations, advice and general goodwill. That gives us the belief that we are on the right track,” the former Spoilers midfielder added.

With 14 teams registered as members of the OFL, close to 400 people are thus involved in making the league action such a good development as each side is allowed to register up to 30 players.

“While we are looking at football development, this also means we are busy with social improvement of the town because there are a number of youngsters who are under our guidance,” states JJ Lee Hangula, who is also part of the interim committee.

As for action on the pitch, Guardians are leading the pack having obtained nine points from their three matches.

The matches are set to continue on 8-9 May with the organisers insisting that they strictly adhere to Covid19 regulations as they enforce the wearing of masks while hand sanitising is done at the gate.

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