OSHAKATI, Sept. 22 – The boys from Dibasen Junior School in the Erongo region, were crowned champions of the 2017 Metropolitan/ Swabou Summer Cup, and scooped up the floating trophy and N$ 15 000 in prize money.
Metropolitan Namibia communication and branding officer, Laurencia Prinzonsky, said that the tournament has been going on for the past 10 years since its establishment in 2007.
The Metropolitan/ Swabou Summer Cup’s football and netball competition kicked off last Friday and concluded on Saturday at Oshakati Independence Stadium.
Eight regions competed this year compared to seven registered last year, with the Kavango East region added this year.
They aim to have all the 14 regions to partake by 2023, as each year one region is added. Dibasen defeated Nyanagana Combined School from Kavango East with a solitary goal in the football final.
Dibasen overpowered Ombuumbuu CS from the Omusati Region with a 2-0 defeat in the semifinal, while Nyanagana CS defeated Empleheim CS 5-4 to qualify for the finals.
As the runners-up of the tournament, Nyanagana took home N$ 9 000, while Ombuumbuu walked away with the third prize of N$ 6 000 after beating Empleheim 2-1 in the third-place playoff and Empleheim received N$ 4 000 for its effort.
Alouis Sabatha, coach of Erongo said that the hard work of the boys finally paid off, since soccer is the only entertainment that is played during the weekend at Okombahe village were the school is situated.
“Currently 99 percent of the boys are grade 10 and only two are grade 9, and they really played their hearts out, they will be leaving something that they can be remembered for even after 5 years from now,” said Sabatha.
He added that his boys were a talented crop of players, some turning out for the Namibia’s U/17 team. “All they do is play soccer back home and they have really played with passion throughout the game.”
In the netball category, the Kavango East Region dominated the tournament, and the Ndiyona CS took the first prize of the tournament after they defeated the Oshaaluata CS from the Omusati Region by 24 points to 18 in the tournament’s final.
As the champions of the netball category, Ndiyona won N$ 15 000 and a floating trophy, while Oshaaluata received the runners-up prize of N$ 9 000.
Oshekasheka CS from Oshana defeated Danie Joubert from Hardap with 29-13 in the third place playoff, and these two schools received N$ 6 000 and N$ 4 000 respectively. – Maria Abraham