11 Aug 2019 12:10pm
REHOBOTH, 11 AUG (NAMPA) Ongwediva Junior Secondary School were Saturday crowned winners of the inaugural Copa Coca-Cola Under-15 football tournament after defeating A Shipena 1-0 in a hard fought final.
The competition, held at the Rehoboth Soccer Stadium, saw 14 teams from all regions vying for the ultimate prize.
The boys from the north had a better start than their counterparts from Windhoek as they went in search for an early opener, but were thwarted by A Shipenas alert defence.
However, Ongwediva got their opener through captain and top goal scorer Efraim Mbango, who coolly converted from the penalty spot to give his team a 1-0 halftime lead.
The second half did not offer much as the players were clearly tired after a day in which both teams played three matches each and resorted to long range and wayward shooting that did not trouble the goalkeepers at both ends.
With 10 minutes remaining A Shipena was thrown a lifeline when they received a penalty that was wasted by Tuli William, who blasted over the bar much to the disappointment of his teammates.
With virtually the last kick of the game, Ongwediva missed a glorious chance on the end to extend their lead but the referee saw enough and blew the final whistle, sending the boys from the north into wild celebrations.
Speaking to Nampa after the match, Mbango said they worked hard and made a promise back home to bring home the cup.
Today football was the winner and it was evident that all the teams came for just one thing, and that was to win, but at the end only one team had to win. It is an amazing feeling to become the inaugural champions. It is mostly owed to our hard work, he said.
A Shipena coach Moses Josef congratulated Ongwediva on their victory and said his players were heartbroken after the loss.
Today was just not our day as we missed a penalty that could have possibly changed the game. It was our first loss in the competition and unfortunately it had to come in the final, he said.
Meanwhile Donatus Combined School from Otjiwarongo won the third and fourth place play-off after defeating Tutaleni from Erongo 1-0 and walked away with N.dollars 20 000 with the latter getting N.dollars 15 000.
Ongwediva walked away with N.dollars 30 000 while A Shipena received N.dollars 25 000 for their efforts.