Uprising Stars crowned winners of their 21st anniversary tourney

05 Mar 2019 08:40am
REHOBOTH, 05 MAR (NAMPA) – Uprising Stars were crowned the winners of their 21st anniversary football tournament held in Groot Aub after defeating Stones Football Club 4-3 on penalties in the final Sunday evening.
The tournament that attracted 14 teams from as far as Stampriet and Witvlei started on Saturday.
En route to the final, Uprising Stars won their first game 2-0 against Witvlei United before beating Mighty Pirates also from Groot Aub 3-2 in the quarter-final and Namibian Eleven from Stampriet 1-0 in the semi-final. Stones won 4-2 on penalties against Destiny before wins against Morning Stars and Shorty Graffs booked them a place in the final.
The two fierce rivals tested each other with both teams squandering scoring chances.
The halftime score was goalless.
Not much changed in the second half as fatigue got the better of both teams and most of the tussle was in the middle of the park.
The final score after the referee’s whistle was 0-0 and the match had to be decided on post-match penalties with Uprising Stars holding their nerve to convert four out of five penalties, while Stones could only muster three spot kicks out of the five.
As winners, Uprising Stars received N.dollars 20 000, 20 gold medals and a trophy, while Stones walked away with N.dollars 10 000 and 20 silver medals.
Namibia Eleven and Shorty Graffs each received N.dollars 3 750.
Morne Beukes, an organiser of the tournament thanked all teams that were part of the anniversary event.
“A great thank you to all the teams that were part of our anniversary. Without you we would not have held a successful tournament,” Beukes said.
He urged the business community to get involved in rural sports and plough back into the community as part of their social responsibility.