Okapya tourney reborn in Ondangwa

15 September 2021 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK

Local sport tournament organisers have continued to try and develop sport despite facing the coronavirus pandemic, which has often resulted in sport events being called off.

The organisers have vowed to keep the sporting spirit alive in the regions by providing a platform for those who love football to play the game.

It is with this that the northern region can expect the third edition of the annual Okapya sport tournament, which is scheduled for December this year.

The tournament will take place at the Eleven Morning Stars Sport Field near Andimba Ya Toivo Airport in Ondangwa from 17 to 19 December.

“Due to Covid-19 we couldn’t host the 2020 edition, but we are looking forward for a successful 2021 edition.

“The main aim of this tournament is to bring people together during the festive season because we believe this is the only way we can reduce crime rate during the festive season by keeping them busy with sport,” organiser Sandro Ithana said.

The first edition of the tournament was held in 2018 and it attracted 20 teams (14 ordinary/youth teams and 6 veteran teams), while 2019 edition attracted 28 teams (22 ordinary/youth teams and 6 veteran teams).

“More than 10 Namibia Premier League players were spotted in action at 2019 tournament.”

The 2021 edition is expected to attract more teams from all 14 regions.

“We are also planning to host one women’s soccer match to kick off before the finals.

“We are planning to invite one of the Class of 98 Brave Warriors players as a special guest to motivate the players during the tournament,” Ithana said.

The registration fee for youth football (ordinary teams) is N$1 000, with a winning prize of N$10 000 plus gold medals and a trophy, while N$5 000 goes to the runners-up and the third-placed team will take home N$3 000 and bronze medals.

“There is no restriction. Any team is allowed to participate, it can be from NPL, first division or second division.”

Veteran soccer (35 years and above) has a registration fee of N$900, with winners taking home N$5 000 plus a trophy and 18 gold medals.

The runners-up in the veteran category will be compensated with N$3 000 and 18 medals, while the third-placed team takes home N$2 000.

“This year’s edition is sponsored by: Coca-Cola, Top Score, John Endjala Investments, Okapya Liner Transport, Namibia Private Ambulance Services, G2G Group, Visible Communication Printing and Designs, Otb Sports, Ekamuti Lodge, Energy 100 FM, Piyet Services, Atai Investments, Omaalala Investment cc, Kashipu Investment CC, Akindaba Style, Onambula Investment Group.

“For enquires, please contact Sandro Ithana at 081 244 4074 or Flavio Shoolongo at 081 249 5117 or [email protected] .”

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