The Bank Windhoek NVF Doc Tourney Celebrates Four Decades

On Saturday, 30 March and Sunday, 31 March 2024, the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF), with Bank Windhoek as a primary sponsor, hosted the 40th anniversary of the Doc Tournament at The Dome in Swakopmund. The event celebrated volleyball excellence and community spirit, bringing together players, coaches, and fans nationwide.

The tournament featured 35 teams competing in men’s and women’s categories, showcasing the talent and dedication that have been the hallmark of the Federation’s success over the years. Players of all ages and skill levels participated, highlighting the inclusive and welcoming nature of the sport.

This year’s tournament attracted 487 players; the youngest were Ndinelago Amakali (13) and Matheus Nahenda (15) in the women’s and men’s categories. Lameesh Harris of the Univesity of Namibia (UNAM) Queens and Vaino Namukomba of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Raptors were recognised as the most valuable players of the tournament in the women’s and men’s categories.

The defending champion, the Namibia Correctional Service (NCS) team from Ondangwa, once again proved to be a force to be reckoned with by successfully defending their title when they beat ND) Raptors by three sets to one. NCS captain Anthony Likando said, “We are proud to have defended our trophy. We played knowing well that our opponents would be prepared, too. However, we felt no intimidation from them as we believed that we were the best volleyball team and had proven it.”

The youthful UNAM Queens also put up a thrilling show when they outplayed Kudos at the final. They won the 2024 championships after winning by three sets to one. UNAM Queens captain Petite Elizabeth Kavenambutako said playing in the finals for the first time was a remarkable opportunity that turned into an achievement for the team. “Winning the tournament for the first time means we have made history for our club and the overall tournament, which will always be remembered.”

The winners walked away with N$ 20,000 as the first prize. The runner-up received N$15,000, the third prize was N$ 10,000, the fourth was N$5,000 and N$2,000 for the fifth place.

The tournament is one of the oldest in the country, and it attracted close to 750 spectators who were treated to high-energy matches and impressive displays of skill from players of all ages and skill levels. Families, friends, and volleyball fans filled the stands, creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere throughout the event.

NVF President Hilary Imbuwa said, “We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of the Doc tournament with such a successful tournament. Volleyball is a unifying force in our community, bringing people together and fostering a love for the sport. This tournament was a fitting way to celebrate our achievements and look forward to a bright future. We are grateful to everyone who participated, volunteered, and contributed to making this event such a success.”

NVF’s first vice president, Liina Matheus, said that the Federation is excited about the future of volleyball and is committed to providing opportunities for players of all ages to participate and excel in the sport.

NVF’s second president, Tobias Mwatelulo, said the volleyball federation is committed to ensuring that volleyball thrives in Namibia for 40 years and beyond. “Developing youth programmes and initiatives to promote volleyball at the grassroots level is a key priority in our strategic plan. Having partners like Bank Windhoek, our dreams will become a reality.”

Bank Windhoek’s Strategic Communication Manager, Samuel Linyondi, said the Bank was delighted to have witnessed thrilling competitive volleyball action this Easter weekend. “There were many young players and spectators. The turnout signals that the development of volleyball is heading in the right direction. Congratulations to the NVF and all the participating teams for putting up a spectacular volleyball event."​​


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