THE City of Windhoek yesterday launched its inaugural football tournament for informal settlements in Windhoek yesterday.
Dubbed the Informal Copa, the competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Havana informal soccer pitch and will see eight teams from the surrounding informal settlements in action.
The City of Windhoek created the concept in order to bring the sport teams within the informal suburbs closer to the mainstream sports.
"The gap between the lower league teams and those in the informal settlement areas is extremely wide. It is important that we bridge this gap through sports and recreational activities such as this competition," said Nancy Brand, parks manager of the City of Windhoek.
The City of Windhoek Informal Settlements Sports Tournament will create an opportunity for the youth to engage in constructive recreational activities, as well as provide incentives to idle youth to join the suburban leagues.
The games will be a learning experience for the youth and will have a positive impact on them as they will represent their suburbs and create a sporting culture amongst their peers.
All teams will be registered with the organisers so that a substantial league can be established which will then build up to the City of Windhoek tournament. The winning teams will receive sport equipment.
The winners will receive equipment to the value of N$12 000, the runners-up N$9 000 and the third-placed team will receive equipment to the value of N$7 000.
The City of Windhoek hopes that in future an inter-municipal informal sport tournament can be organised.
Coca-Cola is the main sponsor of the tournament and they also sponsored a full soccer kit for each of the eight participating teams.