GOBABIS: Aminuis Rural was crowned the champion of the first edition of the Omaheke Pst Bet Governor’s Cup when it walked away with trophies in both the netball and football categories, at Gobabis’s Legare Stadium.
In the netball category, at the tournament which ended on Monday morning, the girls beat Epukiro Netball team with 18 points to 17 points respectively, while the boys later beat Otjinene football team, with five penalties to four penalties after drawing 0-0 during the final.
Aminuis football team captain, Bradley Katjingisiua expressed excitement, saying his team won many games in the group stages and lost one game, securing a top spot in the group stage.
“It was a special tournament hosted by the big office in the region, it is an honour and privilege to win this Governor’s cup. We had very experienced players although we had a couple of school-going boys in our team, thus, we are grooming them to be good players”.
“This tournament took us off the street, took us away from social ills, and helped a lot in keeping players away from doing unnecessary things,” Katjingisiua said.
Katjiukua Urorua the team manager of the Otjinene football team said that his team was one of the youngest teams in terms of players that played this tournament and reaching the final was a good story to tell, and promised to come stronger next time.
“I think this tournament should be used to select our under-20 players so that we groom the young ones because some of these people are not taking this tournament seriously because they do not care about the future of football in the region,” he indicated.
Erwin Katjizeu the Otjinene constituency councilor and the tournament chairperson said the tournament brought young people from all over Omaheke region to network and promote sport in the region.
“It is a challenge that we do not have enough sports facilities in our region, we only have Legare thus, I am urging not only the government but all other stakeholders within our region through their social responsibility initiatives, to help the region with infrastructure development,” he said.
The Governor’s Cup attracted ten teams from the seven constituencies in the region, who participated in netball and football categories. Okorukambe, Aminuis and Gobabis constituencies each had two teams.
The tournament, which started on Saturday, was open to players between the ages of 16 and 35 years.
Source: The Namibia Press Agency