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King Fisher win Ryan Nyambe Cup

2021-10-19  Staff Reporter

King Fisher win Ryan Nyambe Cup
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Terence Mukasa


The King Fisher Football Club were victorious after defeating Namib Chiefs 1-0 in the final of the first-ever Ryan Nyambe Cup in Katima Mulilo this past weekend.

The tournament consisted of 12 Zambezi regional second division teams: Katima Wanderous, Space Age, Black Buffalo, Eleven Bullets, King Fisher, Blue Chiefs, Oryza, Sahara, Power Dynamos, Namib Chiefs, Shooting Stars, and Roccano King Rangers.

Apart from winning the inaugural trophy and N$15 000 prize money, King Fisher also scooped two individual awards through Kasale Mbuche (17), who was named youngest promising talent, and Kasale Matengu (26), who earned the top goal scorer award with six goals.

Matengu told this publication he is happy his hard work paid off. 

“I could not have done it without my teammates. I am also thankful to Ryan Nyambe for giving us this opportunity, because football in Katima Mulilo has been at a standstill for months now, which is really demotivating and frustrating at the same time,” said Matengu.

Lister Tubachengere (23) was named best referee. He was delighted upon receiving the award, and told New Era Sport the tournament offered him a great opportunity to practice and grow as a referee. 

“I also believe that as this tournament continues to take place in the years to come, more upcoming referees, like me, will get an opportunity to showcase their potential and grow optimally,” said Tubachengere.

Meanwhile, the tournament also gave several vendors the opportunity to do business on the sidelines.

Tina Kalimbwe (29) told New Era Sport the tournament enabled her to earn money from the food and drinks she sold to sustain her family in the difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

She thanked the organisers for the opportunity.

Another vendor Musa (28) described the event as one of the best events to ever happen in Katima Mulilo, as it gave her a chance to do business.

“As a first-time vendor, I was able to showcase my culinary skills whilst introducing my peers to new recipes. I received positive feedback, good business and confirmation that I am moving into the right direction,” said Musa.

These responses are most certainly what Namibian international right-back footballer Ryan Nyambe was hoping for when he organised the competition – upskilling footballers, coaches and referees, as well as providing opportunities to others in the region that he hails from.

Nyambe, who is based in England, told New Era Sport before the event he wants to bring about change, as not much is being done in terms of football and other sport in the region. He could not attend the tournament as he is recovering from a concussion sustained a few weeks ago.

The tournament was sponsored to the tune of N$50 000. Second place won N$10 000, third place N$5 000 and fourth place N$2 500.

2021-10-19  Staff Reporter

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