WINDHOEK, NOV. 6 – Current Bank Windhoek Fistball League champions, Cohen Fustball Club 1 (CFC 1), won the Bank Windhoek Fistball National Cup tournament held at Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) over the weekend in Windhoek. CFC 1 won Category A while Sport Klub Windhoek 2 (SKW 2) emerged as champions of Category B.
The tournament, which was divided in two groups, saw seven participating teams compete for the top honours. The fixtures kicked off with games between CFC 1, SKW 2 and CFC 3 who made up Category A. CFC 3 celebrated a remarkable 2-1 victory over SKW 2 who were expected to win this encounter after finishing third in the Bank Windhoek Fistball League.
Filled with confidence from their win, CFC 3 locked horns with their club mates CFC 1 whom they placed under immense pressure in the first set. However, CFC 1, managed to turn it around and won the remaining two sets. CFC 1 also triumphed over SKW 2 with a 3-0 score line. As a result, SKW 2 slipped into Category B while CFC 1 and 3 progressed to the Category A semi-finals.
Category B saw SKW 1, CFC 2, DTS and Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) compete for bragging rights in this group. SKW 1 started off their play on a strong momentum which saw them win all their matches.
CFC 2 defeated DTS and SFC as they advanced into Category A’s semi-final stage. Meanwhile, DTS lost to SFC as both teams went on to play with SKW 2 in pursuit of the Category B title.
Cohen 1 overpowered CFC 2, 2-0 in the first semi-final while SKW 1 defeated CFC 3 with the same score. In the match for third place, CFC 3 surprised their counterparts CFC 2 with a 3-0 win.
Arch rivals CFC 1 and SKW 1 faced each other in the final. As usual, SKW 1 started off as the stronger side and led 3-0 in the first set. CFC 1 came back tougher and equalised. In the end, Cohen managed to win the set 11-9.
Both teams came back determined to win the second set, but CFC 1 kept the upper hand and won it as well. In the third and final set, CFC 1 changed their tactics and moved into a defensive mode which left SKW 1’s play in the doldrums.
CFC 1 later shifted into an attacking offence which was simply too much for SKW 1 to withstand. This resulted in CFC 1’s dominance of the season which saw them scoop two of the league’s top awards: The Bank Windhoek Fistball League and the National Cup champion trophies. SKW 2 beat DTS and SFC to claim the Category B title. SFC finished second and DTS secured the third spot.
CFC 1’s Helmo Minz was the Player of The Day. SFC’s prolific youngster, Torben Winterbach, walked away with the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 season award. The Player of The Year trophy went to CFC 1’s Rico Kühnle-Kreitz and Helmo Minz who shared the award.
“To our main sponsor, Bank Windhoek, thank you for the support throughout the season. The clubs, players and the Association, highly appreciates your contribution to making this league a success,” said Fistball Association of Namibia’s Media Officer, Helmo Minz. –email@example.com