Dragons wins again
Okonjima Dragons successfully defended their Inline Hockey Africa Cup title.
09 June 2019 | Sports
Fred Mwiya; Namibian Sport Commission; “It is the greatest accolade that an athlete can get in this country.”
Okonjima Dragons defeated the Namibia Senior Men 6-2 in the final and won the open division of the 2019 Inline Hockey Africa Cup for a second consecutive time last weekend at the Dome in Swakopmund.
Okonjima Dragons overturned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead at half time and scored another three goals in the second half.
The eventual champions reached the final of the 2019 Africa Cup with a 12-1 victory over Namibia Junior Men 12–1 in the semifinal round. They also hammered Taleni Africa Daredevils 15-2 in the quarter final round.
Namibia Senior Men defeated Hockeyshop Forster 6-2 in the semi-final and saw off Rhinos 5-1 in the quarter final round to reach their third consecutive final.
Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Fred Mwiya told the players representing Namibia to do so with pride, when he handed over the Namibian colours to them at the opening ceremony of the event.
“Team Namibia, you are going to receive one of the greatest recognitions in this country. Getting national colours is an award and an accolade that is given only to athletes whom have performed beyond reasonable doubt, athletes that have shown great commitment to their sport and athletes who are able to represent their country with pride. It is the greatest accolade that an athlete can get in this country.”
The event also saw a first ever “All Star” game between Team Africa and Team Work. The game was tied at 5-5 after normal time. Team World emerged victorious by 6-5 after a penalty shootout.
Team Africa consisted of the best players from Africa and was mostly be made up of Namibian and South African national players. Team World was made up of international players from around the world.
Players from Germany, Canada, Brazil, India, Spain, France, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan and Namibia competed in a pro and under 14 division at the third edition of the tournament hosted by the Namibia Ice and Inline Hockey Association (NIIHA) from 28 May to 1 June.