By Elvis Muraranganda
UIS-BASED Imcor Chiefs FC and Walvis Bay’s Eleven Arrows Netball team were crowned the champions of 2018 Usakos-Orano-Engen Fuel Station Sports and Entertainment Festival 2018 recently.
The town of Usakos hosted its popular Sports and Entertainment Festival for the fourth year running.
The event is co-sponsored by Orano Mining Namibia (formerly Areva) and Engen One Stop Usakos Service Station in Usakos, together with the assistance of other various associate sponsors. The festival attracted sports scouts, teams, sports fanatics, music lovers and entrepreneurs from all over country.
The event started in 2015, with the primary aims of providing a stepping-stone for talented and aspiring sports men and women to trade their skill. It is hosted with the hope that these sport men and women will perhaps be scouted by teams in the elite leagues of the country if not the world.
The event also serves to create a platform for vendors and entrepreneurs to trade and do mutual-learning and by so doing, improve their socio-economic well-being.
According to the organisers of the festival, the event also helps musical artists and bands to market their music and connect with their fans and to attract potential investors to come to Usakos.
The logic is premised on the fact that investors will come to the town, explore its potential, engage and seize the opportunities to bring about developmental projects to the town.
“We are really proud to associate ourselves with an event that is contributing immensely to the lives of our people from all over the region and beyond,” said Irene Simeon-Kurtz, owner of Engen 1Stop Usakos during the prize-giving ceremony.
“I am really taking off my hat for associate sponsors such as Erongo Quarry Mining (Mr Jason Gurirab) Erongo Red, First National Bank, Usakos Town Council, The Mayor and Chief Executive Officers (Mr Akser Mwafengeyo and Mr Irvin Lombard) in their personal capacities as well. The business community of Usakos is greatly appreciated as well in making it all possible,” she added.
The football category had a total of 35 teams competing for the championships. The Netball category had 12 teams, vying for top honours. This year’s completion seems to have been tougher for the participating teams in both categories, as compared to the previous years. The less fancied teams from smaller towns and places were more prepared. That saw favourites like Maroko Boys FC (Usakos); Karibib Football Club; Soronto Bucks; Dolam Pirates; Western FC (Hentiesbay) not reaching the semi-final stage this time around.
Imcor Chiefs FC, which is coached and managed by one of the former Orlando Pirates great midfielder, Felix Witbooi, deservingly won the football category, knocking-out Pforte FC (from farm Pforte) on penalties.
The team went on to beat Usakos Mighty Stones Football FC 3-0 in the final to be crowned champion.
The exciting Isaaskar ‘Bio’ Gurirab scored a total of five spectacular goals throughout the tournament, to scoop the cash money for top-goal scorer. His team-mate ‘Moko’ walked away with the player of the series award for his enterprising skills, vision and consistency in all the matches.
The boys from Uis walked away with a total cash prize of N$14 500 plus 20 gold medals and a floating trophy, whereas Usakos Mighty Stones were awarded N$7000 and silver medals.
Eleven Arrows had to beat Hentiesbay Netball Club in a toughly contested netball finale, to be crowned champs and pocket N$5 000 in cash, plus medals and a floating trophy.
Hilifa Mbako who is the managing director of Orano Mining Namibia said: “This is really beautiful, and we knew from the onset that it is something more meaningful that goes beyond sports.”
“It is good to know that we continue touching lives and reaching out the best we can. What is more satisfactory is seeing that people are seizing the opportunity and selling their products. Please come back next year.”
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