Masokotwani Holds Footy Bonanza

Football enthusiasts from the Masokotwani area in the Zambezi region hosted their inaugural footballing bonanza on 27 and 28 December.

The event, dubbed the Masokotwani Community Cup (MCC), saw teams from the host settlement and surrounding areas such as Kwena, Gunkwe and Makolonga compete in front of just over 700 excited supporters.

Another highlight was an exhibition match featuring a combination of youthful players and old crooks, who rolled back the years by displaying amazing footballing skills.

The following teams participated in the tournament: Madala FC, New Age FC, Destroyers FC, Gunkwe FC, Kwena FC and Makolonga FC.

Destroyers won the tournament and received a trophy, gold medals and an unspecified amount of cash for their efforts.

Second-place went to Kwena, who got silver medals and a cash prize, while Gunkwe FC won bronze medals and cash for finishing third.

“The prime objective of the tournament was to draw the surrounding people away from all sorts of troubles associated with the festive season such as alcohol abuse, violent conduct and theft. The tournaments also aimed at bringing people together to socialise as brothers and sisters from different places,” said event organiser Limbo Simasiku.

He added that the Masoktwani Community Cup will be an annual tournament held in December month and that “it will surely grow from strength to strength”.

Given that the 2014 event was a pilot project, only invited few teams from neighbouring settlements were invited, however the organisers will now extend the invitation to include any team in the country.

“On behalf of the tournament organising committee, I send my words of gratitude to all the committee members, the participating teams, the Masokotwani secondary school management, the school board, the senior members (indunas who were present), the members of Namibian Police for their presence, Excel for the closing ceremony performance and all the supporters for the mature behaviour they demonstrated throughout the proceedings of the tournament,” Simasiku said. “We wish all Namibians a productive 2015 and a big welcome to other teams that wish to join us in 2015.”

Source : The Namibian