Through Pass League keeps retired players active

20 Aug 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – Retired football players in the Khomas Region have formed their social league named ‘Through Pass League’ which is played at Eros Primary School every Sunday to maintain their health and well-being.

In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, one of the organisers and former Tigers Football Club (FC) player, Mario Davids told this agency that the league aims at keeping retired players physically fit and away from alcohol abuse, among other possible social ills.

He said only players aged 35 and above are allowed to register with the league provided they are not active in any recognised league in Namibia, saying people who have nothing to do at home, especially over the weekend, can approach any club of their choice and register.

Davids, now playing for Brothers FC, said 22 teams are registered and play every Sunday, adding that the clubs contribute a little amount to assist the school in maintaining the field.

“Apart from that we also pay back to the community by donating some items including pads to girls schooling at Eros Primary School,” said Davids.

Also speaking to this agency, Benhard Kiinge, who retired from active football and currently plays for Oshikuku Masters FC, shared the same sentiments, saying he enjoys playing football after retiring and that it brings people from different walks of life to play and have fun together.

“We have become one family through football,” he said.

Kiinge added that the winning teams do not pocket the prize money, but instead, it is used to purchase items that are donated to assist the community.

The league was first introduced in 2015 and starts in January and breaks in July before resuming in August until November every year.

The second round of 2019 started on 18 August and saw some spectacular encounters between various club.