19 Mar 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 MAR (NAMPA) Tobias Hainyeko Primary School became the first winner of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Crown Build It School Makeover Tournament for Under-13 (U-13) players on Saturday.
The NFA in collaboration with Crown Build It, a retailer specialising in building materials, started an U-13 football league that will see the best primary schools in Namibia win a school makeover from Crown Built It.
The retailer is committed to running the project from 2017 to 2019 by having the tournament in all towns where they have a branch.
On Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura, Olaf Primary won the seven-a-side football competition after a 2-1 penalty shootout against Tobias Hainyeko.
Sixteen primary schools from Windhoek competed against each other and despite Olaf winning the football game in the final, Tobias Hainyeko walked away with the main prize of a school makeover.
Teams earned points through commitment to games, cleanliness, wearing school uniforms and singing school anthems. They also earned points through the number of supporters at their tournaments and a dance competition.
Hainyeko was selected after winning all those categories. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology monitored the points system in the interest of promoting school pride under the My Namibia-My Pride campaign.
Speaking to Nampa after the tournament, NFA official Jakes Amaning said the one-day event was a success and they are now looking forward to hosting other rounds throughout Namibia.
He noted that 20 players were selected from this round in Windhoek and a bigger pool is to be selected throughout the competition.
Today we saw a lot of talented young footballers and as an association it gave us an opportunity to select a team that will represent Windhoek from this tournament against the other teams from different towns.
We will continue selecting more of these young players and hopefully at the end of the competition host the final round for the selected players and then choose our U-15 national football team.
The town and dates of the next round of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Crown Build It School Makeover Tournament for Under-13 will be communicated soon by the NFA.