Confidente scoops top sports award

By Hilary Mare

THE country’s largest weekly newspaper, Confidente, has been awarded the best print media award for its stellar coverage of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women ‘Bounce back’ Super Cup that concluded in Windhoek this past weekend.

In the same vein Confidente Sports Reporter, Michael Uugwanga was recognised as the best reporter around the tournament having showed class and brilliance in bringing the tournament closer to the fans and readers who could not be allowed to attend the matches owing to Covid-19 regulations.

The Namibian newspaper was awarded the second best prize in the award that was funded by the NFA and FIFA.

Acknowledging the award and expressing optimism for more awards in the future, Uugwanga highlighted that Confidente remains committed to ensuring that its coverage of sporting events gives equal opportunity to various sporting codes which bodes well with Confidente’s philosophy of inclusivity.

“It was a wonderful time covering this women soccer tournament and I think there is more to this sport than what meets the eye. I saw incredible talent and I am certain that the future is bright for female soccer players.

“Let me also take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at Confidente who constantly spur me on and collectively assist in bringing out the best sports pages we can possible produce weekly. We aspire to achieve more together as a team and most certainly, more awards are on their way,” Uugwanga said.

The NFA Women’s Super Cup which started in December last year came to its conclusion this weekend with Tura Magic  from Windhoek winning the cup after they defeated Galz & Goals 1-0 in the final that was played at the NFA Technical Centre.

The cup was contested by 14 teams that were paired in four groups with only the group winners advancing to the semi-finals.

The 14-teams competing teams were Galz& Goals FC Okahandja, Rightway, Omaheke Queens, V-Power Angels, Ramblers Namib Daughters, Okakarara, Khomas NAMPOL, UNAM Bokkies, Girls Football Academy, Tura Magic, NUST Babes and Arrows Ladies.

Tura Magic walked away with prize money amounting to N$40 000, Galz & Goals received N$25 000 for finishing second, third placed team, Khomas NamPol got N$15 000 while V-Power Angels took home N$10 000 for their fourth placed finish.

The final was attended by the chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Joel Mathews, chairperson of the Namibia Women Football, Monica Shapwa and the technical director of the NFA, Jacqueline Shipanga.