//Karas to host football competition

By Michael Uugwanga

 AFTER nearly seven years without women’s football in the south, the //Karas Women’s Football Desk is set to revive women football in the region, starting with the //Karas women regional football tournament slated for Keetmanshoop from March 19 to 21.

The //Karas women’s football tournament will see nine clubs from the region contesting for top honours.

The clubs that have so far confirmed their participation in the tournament are Keetmanshoop Elite ladies (Keetmanshoop), Transkei Ladies (Keetmanshoop), Ocean Daughters (Luderitz), Koes FC (Koes), Tses Academy (Tses), Aroab FA (Aroab), Desert Roses FC (Bethanie), Oewa Gladiators FC (Noordoewer) and Dakaza Queens FC (Karasburg).

National team player Thomalina Adams, who hails from Luderitz and currently plays for Tura Magic Ladies of Windhoek, is the ambassador of the tournament.

Speaking to Confidente Sport, chairlady for //Karas women’s football, Nettie Cloete said the region is ready to start with its domestic football season that is fully funded by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) women’s desk.

“We are ready to start with our women’s football season in the region. All logistical arrangements have been made and the teams are busy preparing. The aim of the tournament is to see the way forward for the league.

“Women’s football in the region was non-existent due to a lack of stakeholders getting involved and no platform for our girls to expose themselves,” said Cloete.

There will be prize money in various categories, while Cloete also said that the NFA women’s football desk is set to assist the region with N$25 000 towards the start of their domestic football league that is set to resume later this year.

“The prize money is yet to be determined upon agreement by the executive. We have a vision to assist all teams and if we figure out exactly how then it will be communicated. If there are other clubs in the region that still want to take part in the competition they are welcome as we want to have as many clubs as possible,” said Cloete.