Omaheke Top 8 tournament to conclude this weekend

WINDHOEK: The 12th edition of the Omaheke Top 8 netball and football tournament, which began last weekend, will conclude at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on Sunday.

The tournament, which is hosted annually by the Epukiro Sports Council (ESC), featured around 37 football and 22 netball teams from the Omaheke district.

Kuveri Tjonga, one of the competition’s organisers, told Nampa on Wednesday that the tournament did not conclude last week due to a lack of facilities, but everything is in order this time around and they expect to finish this weekend.

‘The tournament started well, we registered many teams, making it difficult to complete the tournament in a single weekend. This time, I can assure you that everything is in place to wrap up the tournament unless it is hampered by circumstances beyond our control,’ he added.

According to Tjonga, the netball category played 80 per cent of their fixtures, with the semi-finals and final set to conclude on Sunday, whilst the football category had yet to complete ro
und two.

The four surviving netball teams will continue the finals on Sunday at the Legare netball court, with Epukiro’s Eastern Swallows facing Aminuis’ Kajalami in the first semi-final. The other semi-final pits the defending champion, Otjinene’s Fine Young Stars, against Epukiro-based Otjimanagombe.

The winning netball team will receive N.dollars 5 000 and a trophy, while the runners-up will receive N.dollars 2 500. Each semi-final loser will receive N.dollars 1 250.

The football category winner will receive N.dollars 12 000 and a trophy, the runner-up will receive N.dollars 8 000, and the semi-final losers will each receive N.dollars 3 000.

The football group A round two will continue on Saturday with Super Fox facing Kajalami, Okaumbangere against Eiseb, Four Stars versus Erindi United, and Ovinjuru against Pamue Eleven in an all-Epukiro encounter. Easter Swallows have already qualified for the quarterfinals, thus they will await the winner between Super Fox and Kajalami.

Running Stars will face Ore
via in Group B, with Real Madrid to meet Otjimati, and Fine Young Stars will battle Otjozondjima, the defending champions. El Classico is the lone team from Group B to advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face either Running Stars or Orevia.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency