….Says Neymar Jr’s five qualifiers an ice breaker
By Sport Reporter
THE Neymar Jr’s five maiden qualifiers kicked off over the weekend in Swakopmund. Themed ‘outplay them all’, registered teams turned up to outplay each other in the midst of a misty day. Teams competed in the round robins stages as skills and class turned out to be the game changers.
In the end, SFC Welwitschia emerged victorious after it dominated the qualifiers and was crowned the coastal number one team. SFC Atlantic took up the second spot while SFC Namib, followed. Tika-Tikawho took the fourth place as the NY Galaxy from Walvis Bay, secured the fifth position as the coastal team to have qualified for the National Final to take place in Windhoek at the United Nations (UN) Plaza on 30 June.
“The search for that one exceptional five-a-side team to represent Namibia at the World final on Saturday, 21 July in Brazil, has begun. The Oshakati qualifier will be as exciting as what we have witnessed in Swakopmund and we wish all the participants the best,” said Bank Windhoek head of corporate affairs, Hayley Allen.
Northern registered teams are encouraged to turn up prepared as the tournament second qualifier is slated to take place at the Oshakati Independence Stadium this Saturday.
Event organizer and BKK Sport Head said: “We are excited to have finally brought such an international tournament to Namibia. This was an ice breaker and June is going to be an exciting month for everyone involved with this tournament.” As one of the project organisers, is former professional footballer Collin Benjamin Namibia’s most successful professional soccer player, also from BKK Sports said: “Said that he was impressed with the type of talent and flair witnessed at the coast. “The coastal teams have grasped this concept which gives them a little bit of an advantage over the other teams. I am looking forward to one of the best tournaments ever staged in this country.”
The Neymar Jr’s Five, a Brazilian soccer star’s signature five-a-side soccer contest, is a Red Bull initiative co-sponsored by Bank Windhoek. Snickers, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Fresh FM are sponsors too.The third and final qualifiers will take place in 16 June, at the Dawid Bezuidenhout Sports Field in the capital. Only one Namibian team is eligible to win the main prize which is all-expenses paid trip to the World Final in Brazil and the potential to play against Neymar Jr’s team.
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