Top Score 7-a-side to continue after lockdown

By Michael Uugwanga

THE final match of Top Score’s Seven-a-Side tournament, the biggest and most popular social football tournament in the country, is expected to be played once the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.

The Top Score Seven-A-Side tournament is sponsored by Namib Mills and this year’s edition is in its 20th edition, with the tournament having started in February at the Ramblers stadium before the lockdown, with the final match expected to be played once the lockdown is lifted.

Currently all sporting activities in the country are on hold, following the Head of State’s directive in March to suspend all gatherings of more than 10 people as measures to fight Covid-19 that has affected all sporting activities globally, and Namibia is no exception.

The Top Score Seven-a-Side event is Namibia’s oldest and largest social soccer tourney and is aimed at the business community to give employees a chance to show off their skills on the football field and socialise with colleagues, with this year’s tournament seeing an increase in sponsorship with more than N$175 000 gathered for prize money and administration costs.

This year’s prize money for the winning team is a cool N$59 000.

In an interview with Confidente Sport, Adens Kamwi junior brand manager at Namib Mills, said they were waiting for the situation to normalise before continuing with the tournament, as the organisation has so far no plans to officially call off the tournament.

“We continue to monitor the situation, we value the health and safety of all our participants; therefore we have suspended any tournament activities and will review the best dates to complete the current season. We have one game remaining and that is the final. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the final game is played.

“As for the definite date for the final we are unable to determine when that will be at this stage due to the current restrictions placed by government. Our desire is to continue hosting this tournament but our first priority is the health and safety of all participants and future tournaments or matches must be assessed with this in mind.”

Kamwi also said financial support towards the annual tournament will remain in place. “We continue to work closely with government agencies to ensure that we adhere to all these precautions, therefore with immediate effect all 7-a-side activities have been postponed. Our financial commitment to the tournament remains unchanged.”

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