16 Dec 2013 19:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 DEC (NAMPA) The sports ground of the Ondjola Community Centre at Iitananga village will once again host the festive football competition known as the Ondjola Soccer Bash this year.
The village is situated in the Omusati Regions Tsandi Constituency.
The competition is being sponsored by locals to the tune of N.dollars 10 000.
One of the organisers of the competition, Pinehas Iipinge told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Monday the competition is being hosted at the community centre since 2008.
Although the event has thus far been sponsored by several sport enthusiasts, Iipinge said local business personalities are also invited to come on board.
This years event is scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 December, and registration for the competition has already started.
This year's event is open to all non-league football teams in Namibia and the registration fee is N.dollars 600, Iipinge confirmed, adding that all logistics are in place.
Teams who are regulars at the Soccer Bash are already training hard, he said.
He went on to say the Ondjola sports field is ready and football fever is high in the area.
As per usual we will have a stand where we hand out leaflets on TB and HIV, as well as condoms. We are excited that the 2013 tournament is expected to set a record and will be remembered in the years to come as this is also a way to keep the community members busy and away from things such as violence, alcohol abuse and other destructive activities, he said.
According to Iipinge, Ondjola village is considered the cultural and tradition capital of the Uukwaluudhi traditional area, and participating teams will have the opportunity to see and experience the traditional beliefs, practices and activities of Oshikwaluudhi-speaking Namibians.
These include traditional dances and traditional delicacies.
Our goal is to generate a competitive tournament and facilitate cross-cultural friendships and learning through football, he stated.
He noted that 13 teams participated in the competition last year, with local team Ondjola Football Club (FC) as the defending champions.
The Ondjola Community Centre is situated some 12,5 kilometres between the Uukwaluudhi traditional districts Tsandi area and the Ongandjera traditional districts Okahao area.