Oshana wins wheelchair basketball games

16 Jul 2017 18:20pm
OSHAKATI, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – The Oshana Wheelchair Basketball Team are the champions of 2017 Oshana Heroes Sport Club Regional Championship held at Oshakati on Saturday.
The agile team defeated their counterparts, Wheel-Ability Sports Club A, from the Khomas Region 25-13 during their final encounter.
As the champions, Oshana Wheelchair Basketball Team scooped the first prize of a floating trophy, gold medals and N.dollars 1 000, while Wheel-Ability was awarded silver medals.
Wheel-Ability Sports Club B received bronze for ending in third place, followed by Ohangwena, the only other wheelchair players of the basketball contest.
This basketball competition was played on a league basis and has also declared Mathew Angula as its top goal scorer.
In the athletics division of the championships, Wheel-Ability’s Rodney Gaseb was the tournament’s best senior man, Salimi Shilongo the best senior woman, Christine Joseph the best junior woman and Paulus Fillipus the best junior man.
Besides the host Oshana, Khomas, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto were the other regions that participated in the championship.
Chairperson of the Oshana Heroes Sport Club, Temus Kamati told Nampa towards the end of the competition that regions such as Erongo, Hardap, //Kharas, Zambezi and the two Kavango regions could not make it this time around.
“Government used to sponsor their transportation to the tournament, but this was not possible this year due to the budget cuts as a result of the economic hardship the country is facing,” Kamati said.
Consulting Services Africa, in collaboration with several local businesses, sponsored the event for the 14th consecutive year.
“As long as Consulting Services Africa is in existence, we will carry on with this tournament,” head of the company Evat Kandongo told this news agency on the sidelines of the competition.
He went on to say that it is the only championship that requires no pre-qualification to participate and it targets the least recognised and sponsored members of the society.
Participants of the tournament are provided with free food and drinks throughout the competition. Wheel-Ability A won the basketball competition last year.