26 Mar 2017 13:00pm
LÜDERITZ, 26 MAR (NAMPA) A total of 22 goals were scored in the first four matches of the inaugural Harders Cup football tournament in Lüderitz on Saturday.
The first match saw eight goals being scored between Man United and Youngsters, with the latter emerging victorious by six goals to two in the first quarter-final match of the day played at the Lüderitz Sport Stadium.
That set the tone for all matches on the day to produce quality attacking football regardless of the windy conditions, which sometimes made it difficult for teams to produce entertaining games.
A strong crowd of almost 2 000 people was treated to great football matches, which also saw Atlanta Bucs thumping Diamond City by four goals to nil in the second quarter-final game of the day.
Novanam had to dig deep to go past Rush Ups by two goals to one in the first semi-final, where they set up a final with favourites Youngsters, who beat arch-rivals Atlanta Bucs by four goals to three in the last semi-final game of the day.
Youngsters and Atlanta Bucs are the oldest teams in Lüderitz.
The final will be played on Sunday and will be broadcast live on Namibia Broadcasting Television from 14h00.
Also in Sunday, Atlanta Bucs will contest the third and fourth playoff match against Rush Ups, while Seaflower Football Club face the Lüderitz Navy in a curtain raiser game.
Six teams, namely Man United, Diamond City, Atlanta Bucks, Youngsters Football Club, Rush Ups and Novanam are competing in the first-ever Harders Cup with the winners getting N.dollars 100 000, while the runners up will get N.dollars 50 000.
The third placed team will receive N.dollars 20 000.
All teams will receive N.dollars 5 000, a new playing kit and 15 pairs of boots each for participating.
The Harders Cup was launched in January this year by organiser Tim Ekandjo, who is himself from the coastal town. The event was initiated to give young people in Lüderitz something to look forward to where their skills can be displayed.
The tournament will be an annual occurrence.