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The Omaheke Regional Council (RC) has successfully hosted the 2018 Regional Councils Annual Sports Tournament in Gobabis. The tournament kicked off in Gobabis on Monday, September 10 and ended Friday, September 14, 2018.
The aim of this annual event, which was held under the theme “promoting health and regional integration through sports”, is to promote team building and the wellbeing of staff members and Political Office-Bearers as part of the Wellness Programme.
All fourteen Regional Councils and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development competed in soccer, netball, volleyball, tug of war and mini-athletics during the tournament.
The host, Omaheke RC received a total of three awards during the tournament. Omaheke RC beat Otjozondjupa RC during the final tug-of-war match, while Zambezi RC won third place against Oshana RC. Dominikus Ganeb from Omaheke RC received the Top Goal Scorer trophy for scoring a total of nine goals during the tournament.
The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) won against Omaheke Regional Council (RC) during the final soccer match after both teams failed to score any goals during playing time and MURD scoring 5-3 during the penalty shoot-out. Khomas RC won third place for soccer beating Oshana RC.
MURD received the most awards – a total of eight awards, most of which were from the mini-athletics.
Monica Ipinge and Sara Nakanyala from MURD won Gold and Silver medals for the women’s 200m beating Mutero Runguro from Kavango East RC winning Bronze.
Gold for the women’s relay race went to MURD beating Kavango East RC (Silver) and Oshana RC (Bronze). MURD also won Gold for the men’s relay race beating Oshana RC (Silver) and Omusati winning Bronze.
Kavango East RC follows MURD with the second most awards, with a total of six. Kavango East RC beat MURD 3-2 during a drawn-out final volleyball match, while Ohangwena won third place beating Oshana 2-0. Ludgela Nangura from Kavango East RC received best Goal Shooter (netball), shooting a total of 74 goals during the tournament.
Oshana RC received the third most awards, with a total of five. On the netball court, Oshana RC won the final match against neighbouring Ohangwena RC with a score of 14-10 yesterday. Kavango East won third place for netball against Hardap RC.
Oshana RC was also awarded the Most Disciplined Regional Council trophy for the third consecutive time since the inception of the tournament in 2016.
Hardap RC and Omusati RC received the fourth most awards alongside Omaheke RC – each with a total of three.
Isak Pedul and Graham Diergaardt from Hardap RC won Gold and Bronze, respectively, for the men’s 100m race while Simion Kandjala from Omusati RC won Silver.
Pedul also won Gold for the men’s 200m race beating Longimus Ipumbu (Silver) and Buta Joachim (Bronze) from Oshana RC and Kavango East RC, respectively.
Letitia Festus from Omusati RC won Gold for the women’s 100m beating Monica Ipinge (Silver) and Sara Nakanyala (Bronze) both from MURD.
Ohangwena RC received a total of two awards during the tournament, while Zambezi RC, Otjozondjupa RC, Khomas RC and Erongo RC each received one award with Jackey Eiseb from Erongo RC being awarded the Top Goalkeeper trophy.
//Karas RC, Kunene RC, Oshikoto RC and Kavango West did not receive any awards during the tournament. Regional Governors, Regional Councillors and Chief Regional Officers of various Regional Councils as well as tournament sponsors handed over the medals and trophies to the recipients during the closing ceremony held yesterday, September 14, 2018.
A draw held during the opening ceremony revealed Ohangwena RC as the host for next year’s tournament.