Khomas Nampol and Revivals VC are champions

The 2018 Bank Windhoek Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Cup second and final rounds, concluded at University of Namibia’s Main Campus in Windhoek over the weekend with Khomas Nampol and Revivals taking top honours in the men’s and women’s finals.
The much anticipated men’s final turned out to be a tightly contested encounter between the current and defending champions Khomas Nampol Volley-ball Club (VC) and the resilient talented Far Northern champions, Six Stars VC. Khomas Nampol VC started off the game slower than their opponents who took the first set. The team however, relied on their experience as they came back stronger and won the second and final sets. As a result, Khomas Nampol VC secured another victory to add to their dominance of Namibian volleyball. They were crowned Bank Windhoek’s NVF Cup champions for a record fifth time. Six Stars secured the second spot while the third place went to NamPower VC who outplayed Eleven Warriors in the third and fourth place play offs. Revivals VC were capped champions in the female category after they battled it out against the Namibian Defence Force’s (NDF) female side who safeguarded second place. Oshana NamPol defeated their counterparts Oshikoto NamPol and claimed the third and final available podium spot.
Khomas Nampol VC’s captain, Messah Kambala, praised Six Stars VC’s tactics. “They were very good with their play and we had to make sure that we were at our best today,” said Kambala. Revivals VC’s captain, Nokokure Kambatuku, the youngest squad member at 21-years-old, was overly excited as she celebrated her team’s victory. “Thank you Bank Windhoek for giving us an opportunity to play the sport we love,” she said.
Both winners in each category walked away with a cash price of N$10 000, gold medals plus a floating trophy. The runner up won N$8 000 and silver medals, while the third prize collected N$6 000 and bronze medals.
The event, supported by Bank Windhoek as main sponsor, saw a great number of spectators who came to cheer their teams on. Namibia’s veteran politician and businessman Helmut Angula, who is also NVF’s patron, was amongst the crowd. Bank Windhoek’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Hayley Allen, was also there as a spectator, she said: “It was great to witness such a large number of young players that took part in this tournament. This shows us that the sport’s development is heading in the right direction. Congratulations to all the participating teams for a job well done.”
NVF’s President, Hillary Dux Imbuwa, said that for the first time in the sport’s history, teams outside of Khomas Region made it to the finals during the tournament. “This is exciting news for the Federation. It means that the sport has indeed a bright future ahead,” he said.
The tournament which comprises the top teams from all five NVF affiliated Associations inclusive of gender, allows teams to battle it out for a chance to represent Namibia at the annual Zone VI Club Championships scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, later this year. Both Kambala and Kambatuku, agreed that they will do their level best to bring the trophy to Namibia this time around.

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