Khomas wins football for visually impaired regional championship

The Khomas Region blind football team became the first winners of a three regions blind football competition that was held at the Football for Hope Centre at the Katutura Youth Complex.

The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) launched blind football as one of its sport codes with a two-day tournament that saw Oshana, Ohangwena, and Khomas region who had two teams (A and B) battling it out for top honours on Friday and Saturday.

The Khomas A team were crowned champions after two days of intense football at the Football for Hope Centre.

In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Michael Hamukwaya, secretary general of NPC said the main highlight of this competition was to introduce blind football to Namibian's.

We just want to show the country and the world that we also have blind football teams in the country. Hopefully by next year we can have a bigger event then the one we just hosted, he said.

The secretary general added that Kavango and Zambezi region also have teams for blind football but due to lack of funds they could not participate at the maiden edition of the blind football competition.

Khomas, Kavango and Oshana region are our main base when it comes to getting players because these three regions has school for people with disability and mainly visual impaired. But Zambezi region also has a team for blind football and therefore we are calling on the corporate world to join hands with NPC and grow this game of blind football,

Hamukwaya stated that the future of blind football is bright but it should not only be left in the hands of government to fund.

We cannot always depend on government to fund this teams. We have a big group of young athletes who came to compete at this championship and as NPC it gives us hope that the future of blind football looks great, said Hamukwaya who stated If the NPC got support from the corporate world for this event they could have brought all the active blind football regions to this event.

SOURCE: NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY