Gudigwa United Defends OCT Football Tournament Championship

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Gudigwa United has successfully defended the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) football tournament championship during this year’s competitions held from the 29th-31st March in Gudigwa village.

Gudigwa won the OCT tournament for the third time since its inception in 2000, having clinched the championship for the years 2010 and 2023. The team won this year’s tournament with a total of 10 points after playing a total of five games in which they won three, drew one and lost one.

Kwedi Sables came behind Gudigwa with goal a difference, the team also secured a total of 10 points after playing five games, winning three, drawing one and losing one. Eretsha took position three with nine points and Gunotsoga came forth with six points while Seronga United took position five with four points. Beetsha took the last position with one point.

In an interview, Gudigwa United Coach Kane Motswana said that it was through the support that they got from their supporters that they managed to win the tournament. Motswana stated that the community, village leadership and different companies gave the team the much needed support that motivated players.

The team was also financially supported by different stakeholders and managed to acquire kits for the tournament.

“It is a great feeling to have won the tournament for the second time in a row, as we have won both the player of the tournament and top goal scorer individual awards. We have young and talented players that we hope will be identified and uplifted,” he said.

For his part, OCT General Manager Botshelo Sesinyi said the tournament went well with minimal challenges. He stated that the players were highly committed to play during this year’s tournament compared to the previous one, even the low score lines in games played and the point margin shows that it was very competitive.

‘‘We had immense support from the populace of the five OCT villages and beyond who showed up in large numbers, as if Gudingwa wasn’t a far-fetched most remote area village with poor road connection in the Eastern Panhandle, playing the tournament on Easter Holidays also played an integral part because most of those with employment commitments were free to attend,’’ said Sesinyi.

However, Sesinyi said that their match officials, both referees and match commissioners needs to be trained or led by well trained and experienced referees so that they  have the team that is capable of making good decisions with minimum errors   on the pitch, more so that they are using local people, which is form of empowerment.

The champions of the tournament walked away with P7 000, position two received P6 200, the third position pocketed P5 200 while teams from the forth to the sixth position received P4 000 each.

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