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KIA youth tourney successful

Otjiwarongo FC U11 team all smiles after winning bronze medals in the KIA Youth Soccer Tournament last weekend.

Otjiwarongo FC U11 team all smiles after winning bronze medals in the KIA Youth Soccer Tournament last weekend.

The DTS sports club successfully hosted its third annual KIA Youth Soccer Tournament on its premises last weekend. The one-day long event saw 42 teams from seven different clubs battle it out in four different age categories. “The kids had a lot of fun. It was also very good from a sporting perspective. We are happy,” said. DTS-spokesperson Heiko Kesselmann  KIA Motors Namibia was once again the main sponsor, dishing out N$5,000 at the tournament, while Martin Krafft and Doc Munz also stepped in as co-sponsors. Kesselmann was especially delighted about the hosts U7 first team, dubbed the “DTS Pumas”. Under the guidance of coaches Marius Boonzaaier and Fanie Bosman, the team, that dominated most tournaments last year but fell short a couple of times this year, finally lived up to expectations.

After a hard-fought tournament, the DTS youngsters ended up level on points with the Ramblers Lions, but their superior goal difference meant that they took home the gold medal. The biggest surprise of the day, however, came from Windhoek-based club Swallows FC. Against all odds, the team took home the first place in the U9 and U13 category, becoming the most successful club of the day. The U13 games where once again played in the multi-purpose hall alongside the soccer fields. Although the surface of the “Big Blue” combined with some special rules took some getting used to, the players had lots of fun. Meanwhile Swakopmund FC took top honours in the U11 division. The coastal outfit
showed strong performances throughout the day.

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