Nguvauva Open netball tourney attracts top players
• By Michael Uugwanga
RURAL netball continues to attract top players after a successful Kilus Karaerua Munjuku III Nguvauva Open tournament that was held at the Khomasdal Stadium last weekend in Windhoek, which saw Tom and Jerry winning the trophy plus cash money of N$ 6000 and winners’ medals.
The Kilus Karaerua Mujuku III Nguvauva Open tournament also comprises of football, with football only coming to its conclusion this weekend at the Khomasdal stadium.
Tom and Jerry consisted of some of the country’s top netball players, notably Dreamy Kausehue, Foxy Pura, Tjeripo Kambironga, Tata Hambira and Tjimba Tjipetekera who all turn out for MTC/Namibia Netball Premier League (NNPL) champions Namibia Correctional Services (NCS) Netball Club in Windhoek, while another MTC/NNPL player Ivondia Tjiposa of Afrocat Lions featured for Tom and Jerry.
Tom and Jerry defeated Ell Maestro in the final with a score line of 33-31.
Ell Maestro received second placed medals and prize money of N$4 000.
Other well-known netball stars that featured at the tournament were Selma Bittler of Afrocat Lions Netball Club, as she featured for Eastern Swallows, while another Afrocat Lions player Loide Kanyolo (aged 16), who is the daughter to Bittler featured for Derby Stars, who knocked out Swallows in the quarter-finals.
Derby Stars who reached the semi-finals received prize money of N$2000, the same as another semi-finalist club Super Eagles who lost to Tom and Jerry in the semi-finals also received N$2000.
Director and marketing officer of Kilus Karaerua Munjuku III Nguvauva Open tournament, Collec Ngatuuane Hange said the reason they came up with this tournament is to honour the late former Ovambanderu paramount chief and former deputy minister of works and transport Kilus Karaerua Munjuku, who passed on last year.
“The tournament is to honour our late paramount chief, who was a big fan of sport and he also owns two soccer teams in Epukiro, notably KK 11 and Kilus 11 in the Omaheke second division. We brought the tournament in Windhoek because the stadium in Gobabis was already fully booked. The tournament was well attendant. It will be an annual tournament that will be hosted every year. It is the first time that we are hosting this tournament,” said Hange.