Top Two tournament set for weekend
28 February 2020 | Sports
The annual tournament has attracted 36 football and 23 netball teams so far with the NRSDF vice president, Ngatuuane Hange, saying the competition is rural sports “champions league” and contributes to the development of sports in the country.
“We produced many players from these competitions. Some premier league teams and second-division teams get players from these tournaments as well,” Hange said.
The federation has set aside N$40 000 for the event – N$13 000 for the netball category and N$27 000 for the football.
The netball winner will take home N$6 500, a trophy and 12 gold medals, while the runners-up will walk away with N$3 000 plus 12 silver medals. The losing semi-finalist will take home N$1 750.
The winning team in the football category will pocket N$13 000, a trophy plus 20 gold medals, whereas the runners-up will get N$7 000 with 20 silver medals.
The losing semi-finalist will pocket N$3 500.
Hange urged teams to come early as per the time scheduled.
“Teams must respect time. Football will start at 07:00 on Saturday at Sam Nujoma stadium, while netball will only start at 10:00 on Sunday at Khomasdal Stadium. Only five premier league players will be used per team since the elite league is at a standstill,” he said.
“This is meant to give opportunities to young players to flourish, expose [them] to playing at a high level and to attract the attention of scouts as well,” Hange said.
Among others, there will be awards in netball and football categories for the most disciplined team as well as player, coach, goalkeeper and top goal scorer of the competition. Aminuis-based Fire Eyes are the current champions of the football competition, while Eastern Swallows from Ondujamukundua will head into the tournament as defending netball champions.