Third edition of Harders Cup kicks off at Lüderitz

30 Mar 2019 11:40am
LÜDERITZ, 30 MAR (NAMPA) – The third edition of the Harders Cup started at Lüderitz Saturday morning, with Atlanta Bucs beating Diamond City 3-1 in the first match of the tournament.
The organisers said preparations had gone well for the tournament which takes place at the Lüderitz Football Stadium and ends Sunday.
Executive chairperson and founder of the event,Tim Ekandjo told Nampa on Friday everything was in place for the tournament and would go ahead as planned, including the music bash.
He however said the tournament will not air on Namibian Broadcasting Corporation Television due to some logistical issues which were overlooked this year.
“But it definitely will be attended to next year,” Ekandjo said.
Eight teams are participating in the tournament, with seven of them coming from Lüderitz.
These are Atlanta Bucs Football Club (FC), Youngsters, Rush Ups, Diamond City, Man United, Novanam and Atlantic City. The eighth side is Aus United, an invitational team from Aus.
The winners are guaranteed N.dollars 100 000, while the runner-up will receive N.dollars 50 000 and third-placed team, N.dollars 20 000.
The top goal scorer will walk away with N.dollars 10 000.
Launched in 2017, the Harders Cup is an annual football tournament which affords the youth of the coastal town an opportunity to display their skill.
Ekandjo said the community faces tremendous socio-economic challenges rooted mainly in a lack of sufficient economic activities.
The tournament also features a music show Saturday night, with local and international artists entertaining the crowd.
The music bash will see Top Cherie, Lioness, Mr Green, KP Illest, Tate Buti, Oteya, Gazza and South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest performing.
Entrance to both the music bash and football tournament are free.