13 Aug 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) The Khomas Regional Informal Settlements Football Cup will take place at the John ya Otto Stadium in Wanaheda on Saturday and Sunday.
It is a knock-out tournament to be contested by 12 teams from informal settlements in Windhoek and Groot-Aub.
These teams play in already-structured leagues in their respective areas.
The Cup competition is anticipated to become an annual event.
A similar competition took place two years ago under the name 'City Kasi Cup'.
It was hosted by the City of Windhoek in collaboration with Coca-Cola Namibia, and only teams from informal settlements in Windhoek participated at the Havana football field then.
Khomas regional Sports Officer Gabriel Katuuo told Nampa on the sidelines of the launch here on Wednesday that the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture requested the implementation of such a tournament in efforts to help develop football in the informal settlements in this region.
This is a developmental programme, and all we are trying to do is to enhance these leagues, and help motivate people running those leagues to continue doing what they have been doing for a long time.
This is also a good platform for clubs to come and scout for players, as there will be a lot of raw talent, he enthused.
The ministry is sponsoring the competition with N.dollars 15 000, with the winner guaranteed N.dollars 7 000 and gold medals; the runners-up N.dollars 4 000 plus silver medals; and the third-best team will get N.dollars 3 000 and bronze medals.
The ministry will also provide a bus to pick up teams from outside Windhoek to the field, as well as medics to assist with players injuries and other medical issues during the two-day tournament.
The event will kick off at 08h00 on Saturday, and entrance is free.