Youngsters Impress in BOS Tournament

More than 1 000 enthusiastic learners battled it out for the top sporting school award in the recent annual OTB Sport BOS Tournament held in northern Namibia.

Competition was keen in the football, netball, basketball and volleyball disciplines over two days, 5-6 July.

The boy’s football contest proved to be very competitive, and saw defending champions Iipumbu Secondary School ousted by Gabriel Taapopi in the semi-finals.

In the final, Gabriel Taapopi met a well-drilled Oshakati Secondary School, who trumped their rivals to walk away with the winners’ trophy, medals and N$4 500 in OTB Sport vouchers.

Debutants Haudano Secondary School shocked all and sundry to win the netball event in impressive fashion and take home N$3 000 in OTB vouchers, a floating trophy and medals, while Gabriel Taapopi received the second prize which included N$2 000 in OTB Sport vouchers and medals.

Uukule claimed the girls football trophy, with Oshakati SS coming second and Gabriel Taapopi third.

In volleyball, Uukule cemented their supremacy by claiming yet another title, making it the fourth consecutive year that they have won the title.

Uukule were allowed to keep the floating trophy when they won the BOS volleyball last year. To top it all, this year, they walked away with the first and second prizes.

The basketball competition for both girls and boys were tightly contested but in the end Gabriel Taapopi displayed nerves of steel to beat the Ruacana girls and Mweshipandeka boys teams to the top prizes.

Otjikoto Secondary School managed to take home some prizes too by coming third in both girls and boys basketball.

“As we have been doing over the past years since we started this tournament, we closed our store in Oshakati and all pitched in to help,” said OTB Sport manager and event coordinator Penny Shaluulange.

“Our new partner and co-sponsor, Coca-Cola, was also there to witness these brilliant school kids fighting for the ultimate prizes. The referees and umpires further contributed to the action-packed two days that went down without a hitch. The Coca-Cola crew was incredibly helpful making sure we had some entertainment with good music to dance to and fun on their mobile stage,” she said.

“They also made sure we had enough refreshments. Over the last three years we have definitely seen an improvement in the organisation of school sports as well as a general improvement in the standard of play. We trust Coca-Cola will help us make this tournament even bigger and better. I am also happy that everybody was incredibly helpful and many new schools came to participate in the tournament this year.”

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Source : The Namibian

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