15 Nov 2013 14:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 15 NOV (NAMPA) Sports promoter Steven Nghipandwa says a lack of finances is the main obstacle for upcoming teams who want to participate in sports tournaments in remote areas of the country.
Nghipandwa, who hails from the Omundudu village situated north of Oshakati in the Ohangwena Regions Engela Constituency, has decided to host the Omundudu Soccer and Netball Clubs Annual Tournament (OSNAT) at his village this year.
He has teamed up with a sports-loving neighbour by the name of Mathew Kalimbo and his two brothers, Silas and Salom, to sponsor the tournament taking place at the village from 07 to 09 December this year.
The four Omundudu village-born young men have set aside N.dollars 3 000 in order to make entry to the OSNAT free.
The envisaged football and netball tournament will be held at the sports grounds of the Omundudu Combined School (CS).
Nghipandwa told Nampa on Thursday that N.dollars 2 000 of the sponsorship money will be allocated to the football competition, while N.dollars 1 000 goes to the netball competition.
The football winners will be awarded a floating trophy and N.dollars 1 000 and the runners-up will receive N.dollars 500, while the semi-final losing teams will receive N.dollars 250 each.
A floating trophy and N.dollars 500 will be awarded to the winners in the netball competition. The runners-up in this category are to receive N.dollars 250, and a prize of N.dollars 125 each will be given to the semi-final losers in the netball competition.
The idea of an annual sports tournament at Omundudu village, Nghipandwa said, came about in the 1990s when different local sports clubs came together at the village and initiated such a sporting event.
It was held on 26 August every year since then, but Nghipandwa said the number of participating clubs has been decreasing as the clubs could not continue paying participation fees due to a lack of finances.
The tournament provides an opportunity to bring the entire community of Omundudu and its surroundings together, while it is hoped that it will also motivate players and strengthen relationships.
It also keeps the community, mostly the youth, busy with sports rather than them being involved in alcohol abuse and criminal activities, Nghipandwa noted.
He further pointed out that the best football and netball players will be selected and awarded a trophy each for their performance during the tournament.
A curtain raiser game will take place between the local Omundudu Masters and Windhoek-based Omundudu waSheya United Sport Club before the first game of the tournament on 07 December.