27 Feb 2019 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Rural Sports Development Federation (NRSDF)'s annual Top Two football and netball competition, which was supposed to start on 08 March 2019, is commencing this Friday, due to the large number of teams.
It will be held in the capital at Khomasdal Stadium.
One of the organisers of the tournament, Ngatuuane Hange, told Nampa after the draw on Monday that the N.dollars 40 000 competition attracted 28 football teams and 22 for netball and that has brought changes to the dates.
This is one of the competitions that is popular among rural sports teams and the number of participating teams speaks volumes, said Hange.
He added that the aim of the competition is to promote rural sports and urged participating teams to maintain discipline and keep the spirit of togetherness.
In the football category, teams were divided into groups A and B, while netball teams will play straight-away.
In Group A, Omuramba and Ehungiro Swallows will play each other in the first football match, followed by Tucklyn up against Boffing in Group B.
Hukununa football team will lock horns with Okaoveni in the third match, whereas Otjimanangombe and Benoni will play the last game on Friday.
Netball games will start on Saturday at 10h00 with Boffing ladies taking on their counterparts from Okaoveni in the first game.
According to the organiser, the football games will also start at 10h00 on Saturday and the teams are required to respect time.
Teams should adhere to their time of play to avoid delays as we know that there is a demand for sport facilities in the capital, he urged.
The spectators are promised good skills display in the competition including through the derby match between Okombomi and Okatjosorui.
Epukiro football giants Okovimburu and Otjimati are drawn against each other while Aminius spectators will see Fire Eyes locking horns with Otjiungukua in another derby.
In expected netball thrillers, Otjimanangombe versus Omitivine is one of the games underlined whereas Otjozondjima ladies against Okomumbonde are also expected produce a star derby display.
Otjinoko ladies and Okombomi will meet in another derby in the netball category.
Hange further said there will be special awards to the player, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and top goals scorer of the tournament in football while netball will be awarded in disciplined team, team of the competition and disciplined player of the tournament.
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the competition are expected to take place between 08 and 10 March in the capital.
Otjombinde-based Young Stars and Otjinoko from Otjinene won last years competition in both disciplines.