Ogongo Football Club crowned new champions of Uukwangula festival

Ogongo football club were on Saturday crowned new champions of the Uukwangula Annual Sports Festival tournament at Uukwangula stadium, Embandu village

The four-day-tournament started on Wednesday at Uukwangula stadium in Embandu village, Oshana region featuring football and netball, with over 20 teams partitioning.

Ogongo emerged as new soccer champions when they defeated the host, Uukwangula team 3-2 on penalty shootout after a goalless draw.

Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Ogongo vice team captain Absalom 'Tokolo' Amukushu told this News Agency he is very impressed by his team's performance saying this was the fourth time reaching the final but had always been knocked out through penalty kick.

We did not expect to win however, everyone is happy for the surprise win. Ogongo community was very happy after we presented the trophy to our villagers. We are planning to present it to our village headman tatekulu Sakaria Kuudhingwa, said Amukushu.

Also speaking to this news agency was the event organiser Jona Kasheeta who said the tournament was conducted in a more professional and matured manner.

Kasheeta added this year's competition has brought together people from different walks of life as they celebrated the first day of the year in sportsmanship.

He urged men aged forty years and above to join this annual sports festival saying 'it re energises one's strength and is a good platform to transfer sports skills to the youth'.

Meanwhile 21 Brigade sports club that represents the Namibian Defence Force in the competition emerged as overall winners after collecting four trophies of netball, women soccer, football for men aged 50 years and above as well as penalty kick respectively.

The Uukwangula Annual Sports Festival was initiated in 1999 by community members in Oshana region to bring people from different cultural and social backgrounds together and to celebrate the first day of the new year, while promoting sport.

Winning teams and individuals were awarded trophies, medals and cash prizes.

Source: Namibia Press Agency