Scores flock to informal games

14 July 2019 | Sports

The Tobias Hainyeko soccer league was in full swing last weekend, with around 500 spectators braving the cold to watch their favourite local teams play at the Okahandja Park open ground in Windhoek.

Speaking to Nampa, league chairperson Romanus Chishitha said football fans and vendors flocked from surrounding informal settlements to enjoy the game of football and make some sales every weekend.

The informal league starts in the first week of April and ends at the end of October.

Chishitha said the match between Kwenye FC and Okando was the most exciting encounter over the weekend because the two teams are among the top four in the league log standing. He said besides the aspects of health and fitness, sport keeps the youth from indulging in negative activities.

“In the past, you would find young people walking around doing nothing, but after the introduction of this league, many are directly or indirectly involved in the activities here.”



Cash to win

Chishitha said each club contributes about N$1 500 every year to buy equipment including soccer balls. They reserve about N$30 000 for prize monies awarded to the four top teams at the end of the league.

Kwenye FC secretary Joseph Shikulo said residents of Okahandja Park informal settlement are kept away from engaging in crime and alcohol-related activities through participation in the Tobias Hainyeko league. He said league matches are held every Saturday and Sunday and attract hundreds, especially young people.

“People flock to this field to keep themselves busy with sport activities.

“Just imagine, we have 20 soccer teams that compete here and everyone wants to win so there is no time for crime and drug abuse,” Shikulo said.

Chishitha encouraged other young and energetic residents of informal settlements to come up with innovative ideas that will meaningfully contribute to youth development and help eliminate criminal activity.

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