01 Sep 2014 14:50pm
OMAALALA, 01 SEP (NAMPA) - The Khuse United Football Club (FC), which joined the Oshana Village Football League only last season, were declared the champions of that league on Friday.
The club was crowned with a floating trophy, gold medals and N.dolars 1 000 sponsored on the spot by a local businesman, Fillipe Dala during the award-giving function held at the Omaalala village.
Brave Lions FC are the runners-up, and received silver medals.
Khuse United FC finished the league with 53 points, and Brave Lions FC 49 points.
They were part of the 14 football clubs that participated in the said league last season.
Meanwhile, the two teams are anticipated to play in the promotional play-offs of the Oshana regional football league of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to qualify for the regional second division league this coming season.
Chairperson of the Oshana Village Football League, Herman Kalimbo Paulus told those who attended the award-giving event that his league is without a sponsor since its inception in 2006.
Teams participating in this league are from the towns of Ongwediva, Oshakati, Ondangwa and the neighbouring villages.
The league feeds the NFA's Oshana regional league second division.
Six teams from that league have thus far been promoted to the NFA Oshana regional league since 2008.
Businessmen are not willing to put money into village football, despite the fact that 80 per cent of members of our league are unemployed. We have taken them away from social evils by keeping them busy with the game of football, Paulus explained.
Also speaking at the awards ceremony, Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Deputy Minister Juliet Kavetuna commended the organisers of the league for their commitment towards sports development at village level.
Sports instil discipline, it unite people and give fitness, she told those in attendance, adding that the public and private sector need to join hands to invest in the development of the rural sports.
Kavetuna pledged to pay the registration fee of two teams of the Oshana Village League this season, depending on the advice/directive from that league's chairperson.