Windhoek — Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW), alias Imawida, hosted the 3rd edition of the annual Kick-it 5-a-Side football tournament, with 40 teams competing for the coveted title of world champions in the popular tourney last weekend.
The tournament attracted more than 500 people at the SKW fields, south of Windhoek. Many in attendance described the tourney as a major success and hailed the organizational acumen of event chief organizer Hartmut Aring.
Tournament main sponsors, First National Bank, Namibia Breweries and
Heat Exchange, realises the potential of this particular tournament and have already committed themselves to the 2013 edition.
With teams divided into 8 groups of 5 teams each, action got underway early in the morning.
Luckily the weather played along just fine and made for perfect playing conditions to complete the 111 matches.
With each team being guaranteed 4 matches, even the two women’s teams and the U-15 boy’s teams were assured of lots of fun on the playing field.
After the group stages the first two teams advanced to the cup competition, while the 3rd and 4th placed teams competed in the shield finals.
While traditional world football powerhouses, Netherlands and Brazil, competed in the shield final, it was the debt-stricken Greece team and the up and coming Australasian champions – Australia – who did battle in the cup final.
The Netherlands, who qualified for the shield final with three straight penalty shoot-out victories, could not overcome Brazil who were crowned shield champions with a 3-1 victory.
In the cup final, Greece turned out an impressive performance to secure the title of world champions with a 4-2 demolition of Australia.
The two other awards went to Russia who were awarded the best-dressed team award and to Egypt (women’s only team) who were handed the ideal spirit award.
With many teams still wanting to enter the tournament after entries had officially closed, tournament organizers resolved to expand the number of teams for next year’s competition.
“We have seen the tournament growing rapidly over the last three years and have noticed that it is becoming a family event with women and boys also entering teams. As of next year, we might think about introducing a lady’s only league and also begin an old boys competition depending on the number of entries we receive,” stated Hartmut Aring.
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