Black Arrows dethrone Sorento Bucks

The Skini Cup is much more than just a soccer tournament.

05 November 2018 | Sports

Michael Skini; Founder and organiser; “The aim is to implement more sustainable projects to uplift the social economic situation of the community.”

Otis Finck - Black Arrows are the new Skini Cup champions.

The Keetmanshoop based team defeated the defending champions Sorento Bucks from Arandis 3-2 in a penalty shootout and clinched the final of the annually hosted tournament in Henties Bay on Sunday.

The matched finished goalless after full time. Black Arrows keeper McDonald Apollus saved two spot kicks for his team and secured the victory.

The winners pocketed a trophy and N$15 000 for their efforts. The runners up received N$10 000 and the two loosing finalists N$2 000 each.

Quinton van Staden of Black Arrows was named player of the tournament and Adam Matende of Sorento Bucks the goalkeeper of the tournament. AC Milan made it into the second round of the competition and was also acknowledged as the team from Henties Bay which performed the best.

Black Arrows defeated Coastal Lions (2-1) from Swakopmund and Sorento Bucks defeated Robber Chanties (3-0) in the semi-finals. The U/13 sides Firestone and Young Academy played to a 0-0 draw in a pre-final match.

The founder and organiser, Michael Skini, expressed his satisfaction with this year’s event which was officially opened by Engelbrecht Nawatiseb, deputy minister of information and communication technology.

The tournament produced 35 matches and 82 goals (excluding penalties). Thirty six teams from 10 towns were in action with all matches handled by accredited Namibian Football Association (NFA) and FIFA referees. More than 2 000 people visited the event. There were also 25 stalls offering a wide variety of locally produced items and delicacies.

“We definitely reached our objective of bringing the community together and exposing young football talent. It also provided a much welcomed economical boost for the SME sector. We treated more than 80 elderly persons to a dinner at Solitude restaurant and provided them with food parcels sponsored by Ackermans, Mr Price and Pep Stores.”

Skini said the organising committee was looking forward to increase the capacity of the tournament in collaboration with corporate partners.

“The aim is to implement more sustainable projects to uplift the social economic situation of the community. The first phase involved the provision of a grass pitch for the soccer stadium. This was done successfully. The second phase will result in the renovation of the pavilion and sanitary block as well as the construction of a netball court.”

Talks have already been initiated to host a training camp/component prior to the next tournament and former Orlando Pirates coach Christy Guruseb indicated his willingness to assist.

Mayor Herman Honeb commended the organisers for a very professionally presented tournament.

“The event was peaceful, thoroughly enjoyed, and the participating teams did not disappoint. The commitment was outstanding and all participants lived up to expectations. Henties Bay is growing and we are looking forward to bring more initiatives and develop facilities for the benefit of the community.”

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