18 Apr 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) The eighth edition of the Ruacana Annual Easter Tournament will kick off Friday at Oshifo, Omunauatjihozu and Ruacana Town sports fields respectively in the Kunene Region.
The competition which is played on a knock-out basis comprises football, netball, volleyball and basketball.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, tournament organiser Simaneka Nendongo said the aim of this event is to promote local economic development through sport.
We are taking sport further, increasing awareness of domestic tourism in our town and putting it on the world map, said Nendongo.
He added that the football, netball, basketball and volleyball teams will compete for an amount of almost N.dollars 100 000.
There are 52 football teams of which 10 are for veteran players, there will also be 23 netball teams, 16 volleyball teams, six women football teams and six basketball teams, Nendongo said.
The tournament organiser said the football category is divided into three which is youth, veterans and women football.
The final winner in the football youth category will pocket N.dollars 16 000, a trophy plus 18 gold medals.
An amount of N.dollars 10 000 plus 18 silver medals will be given to the runners-up whereas the third placed team will get N.dollars 5 250 and 18 bronze medals.
The winners in the veterans, women and netball categories will each take home N.dollars 8 000.
The runners-up and third place in the three categories will get N.dollars 5 000 and N.dollars 3 250 respectively.
The volleyball and basketball final victors will receive N.dollars 5 000, a trophy plus 12 gold medals.
The runners-up in both categories will get N.dollars 3 000, third place will walk away with N.dollars 2 000 plus silver and bronze medals.
Nendongo further urged participating teams to cooperate, respect time and promote the spirit of togetherness throughout the competition.
Okondjatu won the football competition in the mens category last year while the Office of the President won the female category.
Okatana legends won the veterans category while Ongwediva Medi-Clinic emerged victorious in the netball battle.
Heritage Institute scooped the volleyball first prize last year and Walvis Basketball Club won the basketball contest.