Memorial basketball match for Magdalena and Jacqueline

10 Nov 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – The Jacob Marengo High School (HS) boys team and the Centaurus HS girls team are winners of the 2015 Khomas School Sports Region (KSSR) High School Basketball league that was this year held in a stand against gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia.
The play-off games took place at the Augustineum Secondary School (SSS) in the capital on Saturday.
In the final matches, Jacob Marengo defeated defending champions Immanuel Shifidi 91- 79, while the Centaurus girls beat Dawid Bezuidenhout HS 'Divas' 50-20. The Immanuel Shifidi HS girls team won the 2014 edition of this basketball league.
In the third-place play-off, Khomas HS girls beat David Bezuidenhout 'Wildcats' 20-0, while Academia HS boys suffered a 18-45 defeat to Khomas HS.
The top performing teams and individuals, including top academic performers, were awarded trophies.
The day started with a march by players, students, teachers and other members of the community from a shop along Kanna Street to Augustineum SSS in a stand against gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
As part of their campaign against GBV, a memorial match took place between Augustineum SSS and Dawid Bezuidenhout HS boys teams in honour of two learners from those two schools who died as a result of GBV.
Dawid Bezuidenhout HS learner, Magdalena Stoffels, 17, was killed in a riverbed some five years ago, while 18-year-old Jacqueline Kauseua, a learner of Augustineum, was killed in a riverbed about a month ago. Jacqueline's 30-year-old sister, Cecilia, was also murdered in the same incident.
Dawid Bezuidenhout won that match 79-59.
The KSSR High School Basketball League started in 2009 with five boys teams and five girls teams. The league now has 15 boys teams and 10 girls teams.
The High School Basketball league will resume in June 2016.
This year's event that attracted a large number of spectators witnessed all participating teams wearing black ribbons as a stand against GBV.
Speaking to Nampa at the event, KSSR Vice-President Titus Mwahafa said: “This year we decided to incorporate the fight against gender-based violence in sports to sensitise the society about this evil deed, hence the theme ‘No to Gender-based Violence’.

The top five boys’ teams of the year:
Jacob Marengo High School
Immanuel Shifidi High School
Khomas High School
Academia High School
Concordia High School

The top five girls’ teams:
Centaurus High School
Dawid Bezuidenhout High School
Immanuel Shifidi High School
St Georges High School
Windhoek International School