OSHAKATI: The Ruacana High School in the Omusati Region won the football category of the 9th Annual Old Mutual Far North Championships that ended here on Saturday.
Ruacana beat their counterparts from Onguti Senior Secondary School (SSS) in the Oshikoto Region in the final match with a solitary goal.
The boys from Ruacana won the floating trophy, gold medals, a photocopy machine, Old Mutual Far North Championships-branded T-shirts and football gear.
Ruacana grabbed the crown away from the Ongwediva-based Mweshipandeka High School that failed to make it into the finals this time around.
The regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto were represented in the final matches as usual.
Netball defending champions, Gabriel Taapopi SSS from Ongwediva, once again retained the title after narrowly beating their counterparts from the Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana Combined School of the Omusati Region 36-35 goals in the final.
As the netball champions, the girls from Gabriel Taapopi scooped the floating trophy, gold medals, a computer set, Old Mutual Far North Championships-branded T-shirts and netball gear.
As runners-up in the football competition, Onguti SSS took home silver medals, N.dollars 5 000, Old Mutual T-shirts and water bottles, footballs, whistles, a stopwatch and goal nets, while Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, as the runners-up in netball, received silver medals, N.dollars 5 000, Old Mutual T-shirts and water bottles, as well as netballs, whistles, bibs, a stopwatch and ring nets.
The boys from Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo SSS of the Oshana Region ended third in the football category, and walked away with bronze medals, stationery for the team, footballs, whistles and a stopwatch.
The Uukule SSS from the Oshikoto Region, as the third-best netball team, was awarded the netball equipment used during the tournament.
Mweneni Mongudhi from Onguti SSS was crowned as Player of the Tournament in Football, while Emilia Malima is the Player of the Tournament in Netball.
The best referee and umpire were Erastus Shilunga (football) and Eben Wandjolo (netball), respectively.
Fourty-eight school teams participated in the 2012 Old Mutual Far North Championships since the launch of the championships earlier this year.
Speaking before handing over the prizes, Old Mutual’s Chief Executive Officer for Operations, Sakaria Nghikembua suggested that the Old Mutual Championships stand as an inspiration to all participating players to further their sporting capabilities to national level, as the championships epitomize one of the many locally-recognised netball and football tournaments within Namibia.
“This engagement puts the development of school sports high on the agenda of the developmental programmes and support as part of our corporate social responsibility,” the Old Mutual CEO for operations noted.
The company sponsored the tournament to the tune of N.dollars 227 000 this year.