Namibia’s fistball season will kick off this Saturday, 18 February 2012, with the season’s opening tournament. The SKW Sport Club will host a total of eleven teams that will be participating in two categories. The games start at 8h30.
After an absence of four years the Swakopmund based SFC Sport Club will once again participate against the top Namibian fistball teams having registered a team for the A category.
The SFC made headlines last year by winning the Bank Windhoek National Fistball Cup in this category against more fancied opposition like perennial league champions SKW.
Over the past couple of years, the Swakopmund team focused their efforts on the B category, but have now decided to reach for higher goals. The other teams vying for top spot are two teams from title defenders SKW and two teams from Cohen Fistball Club (CFC).
Six teams will participate in the B category of the competition. Cohen FC 3 is rated as favourites. They have dominated this level of fistball competition for the past two years, winning all the tournaments and league titles on offer. They can expect strong competition from a rejuvenated SFC side as well as an ever improving team from the Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS).
The competition is a precursor to the Bank Windhoek National Fistball League which will start in March. After enjoying a successful year on the international front, the Fistball Association of Namibia will focus on youth development efforts in the coming year.
According to recently re-elected president of the association, Michael Baas, the long term goal is to develop a strong U18 side which will participate in the 2014 U18 Fistball World Championships in Brazil.
The next international event on Namibian soil has been slotted in for October 2013 when the top club sides of the world will be invited to visit Namibia for a tournament.