GOBABIS: The SPAR/NFA Galz and Goals Omaheke League came to a titillating finish here on Saturday.
Various school teams took each other on in exciting battles that have become a trademark of the programme.
The league finals were played in a festival form, utilising a round-robin basis for points.
Early favourites, Epako High School, which fielded two separate teams – Epako A and Epako B – for the festival emerged as overall winners in the U/15 category after ending at the top of the table, thanks to the efforts of the A team.
Epako B ended in second spot for the same age category, while the Nossobville Primary School and Gobabis Primary School shared the spoils at the bottom of the table after ending fifth and fourth place, respectively.
In the U/13 category, Nossobville Primary School proved too strong for their competitors, topping the table with four points.
The Rakutuka Primary School had to be content with second spot after only managing to collect a maximum of three points from their matches.
The afternoon, however, belonged to Kajeoka Kambapani, who walked away with the Player of the Tournament trophy.
Swetie Kharuxas of Rakutuka Primary School and Vikamunina Hianavita from Nossobville Primary School shared the tournament’s Golden Boot award, after each one of them netted three goals to emerge as the festival’s leading goal scorers.
Seven schools participated in the tournament.
Programme coordinator in the region, Crooks Nunubeb described the season as exciting and a learning curve for many of the learners who participated in the league.
“I am quite satisfied with the manner in which the league was conducted, and look forward to more action and learning in the next season.
The Omaheke league is expected to kick-off during March 2013.
The Galz and Goals programme uses sport – in this case football – as a platform to promote individual health and social responsibility, and aims to empower girls and young women to achieve their goals.
It is coordinated by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
As part of this partnership, UNICEF and NFA developed a curriculum for teachers, coaches and parents in communicating and teaching healthy lifestyles.
The curriculum includes information on HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, and gender discrimination.