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Built It Football goes to the north

by Rodney Pienaar

Staying true to the drive of taking the beautiful game to the people, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Build It this week announced a youth development partnership that will see seven-a -side football for under-13 players in the Northern part of the country.

The first phase of the initiative was completed last year when a one-day soccer tournament for 16 Windhoek primary schools was held at the NFA technical Centre in March.

Tobias Hainyeko Primary School was crowned the overall winners of the tournament and received make-over materials worth N$ 20 000 courtesy of Crown Build It Namibia.

The initiative has now branched out to the Oshana Region where 16 schools are expected to take part in a seven-a-side tournament exclusively for under-13 players of all sexes.

Herman Van Schalkwyk, Retail Operational Manager of Build It, looked forward to the involvement of the associations in this year’s event.

“We have been hosting these tournaments for a number of years now without the involvement of the association and last year when we attended the Crown Build It tournament held in Windhoek we saw the need of involving NFA. The tournament was a huge success and we plan on using the ideas that were implemented last year to improve this year’s event especially in terms of involving the different media houses to attend and publish the event,"he  said.

He added that Oshakati and Ongwediva are scheduled to host the next Build It tournaments in the near future.

In addition to a guaranteed shopping voucher worth N$5 000 for their school, the winning team will also receive a soccer kit with a trophy.

The runner ups will receive N$2 000 respectively while the school hosting the tournament bargains N$3 000 and the player of the tournament walks away with N$1 000 cash.