The ground-breaking Capricorn Group International Junior Sevens Rugby Tournament took place at the Windhoek Gymnasium Private School last week.
The tournament saw teams from Namibia; South Africa; Botswana; Zambia and Zimbabwe taking each other on.
"The game of sevens is known for its fast-pace with a great spirit from the spectators. This event was characterised by a huge success and an excellent experience, that show-cased exhilarating junior sevens rugby talent which will hopefully continue to be a highlight on the Namibian and international sporting calendars," the managing director of Capricorn Thinus Prinsloo has told The Villager.
He added, “This includes the development of youth for the future of the countries in which we operate, and sport is a powerful mechanism to achieve this. Although our group’s beginnings are deeply rooted in Namibia, we are a regional financial services player, specifically in Botswana and Zambia."
He added that all teams have shown maturity and did perform exceptional well during the tournament which indicates that the players were very serious about taking home medallions to their respective countries.
South Africa emerged as the winner of this year’s competition when they trashed the Namibian team in the finals walking away with gold medallions.
Namibia walked away with silver medallions when they secured the second place while the Zambian team scooped the third place walking away with bronze medallions.
“ Overall the tournament was attended well. It just shows that there is a great love for the sport of Rugby in the country. We are positive about the growth of the sport in the country and we hope to see more teams compete in the tournament in the near future,” Prinsloo said.
He added that there is always a lot of excitement from the players every year and they show that they do learn a lot from this tournament in terms of skills and team work.
The date of the next tournament is yet to be announced and meaning while three of the Capricorn Group entities supported the tournament.
Bank Gaborone, sponsored the International U/19 Botswana Sevens Rugby Teams’ Jerseys, Cavmont Bank sponsored travel costs of the International U/19 Zambia Sevens Rugby Team to Namibia to attend the tournament, and Capricorn Private Wealth hosted the VIP area at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, who is also the host and partner of this collaborated event. Apart from Capricorn Group, other sponsors include Trustco Group and Kosmos Radio.