Old Mutual sponsor Far North Championships
OLD Mutual has sponsored N$210 000 towards the hosting of the 2011 Old Mutual Far North Championships that started with inter-regional competitions earlier this month.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Dr Peingeondjabi Shipoh, launched the annual football and netball championships at Ongwediva on Monday.
Old Mutual is sponsoring the championships for the eighth time this year. The tournament’s finals will take place on September 24 at the Independence Stadium at Oshakati.
Secondary schools from the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto take part in the Old Mutual Far North Championships each year.
Shipoh said that sport had become one of the leading industries throughout the world, creating employment and uniting people.
The PS then urged all athletes in the country to take sports seriously to develop their careers, and schools must take care of the equipment and stationery that will be donated at the end of the tournament.
According to Old Mutual’s CEO for Operations, Sakaria Nghikembua, the tournament has attracted over 100 schools last year.
The championships took place over a period of three months last year.
Said Nghikembua: “To the success of the championships in 2011, Old Mutual once again partnered with Waltons Stationery and Business Connexion to make this year’s tournament another rewarding exercise for the participating schools”.
Waltons Stationery will provide stationery, while Business Connexion will provide laptops and desktop computers as part of the tournament’s prizes.
Winning schools will also receive cash prizes.
The Ongha Senior Secondary School from the Ohangwena Region is the defending champion in football for the past three years, while the girls from the Mweshipandeka High School at Ongwediva in the Oshana region are the netball defending champions. – Nampa