THE 2021 Bank Windhoek Fistball League is on at the Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) this weekend following a three-month break.
The new season starts with an opening tournament on Saturday.
Based on the rankings after the previous national tournament, the cup tournament will see eight teams divided into two groups fighting for honours. Participating teams comprise three from Cohen Fistball Club (CFC), a team each from Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS), two from Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW), and two sides from SFC.
The best two teams in each group advance to the category A semi-finals, while the third and fourth-placed teams will compete in the category B semis. As with the national tournament, three youth teams from SKW and hosts SFC will play against each other. All matches will be contested according to time and not sets.
The reigning category A cup winners, CFC 1, are hoping to hold onto their title but are likely to face stiff competition from SKW1.
The Windhoek side is boosted by the return of Viggo von Scheliha, who has a decade of international experience playing abroad. SKW 1 may spring a few upsets at the tournament.
“The previous finals were always competitive, and we hope for the same come match day,” said Fistball Association of Namibia’s media officer Helmo Minz.
Minz added that if SFC do not qualify for the category A semi-finals, the hosts have another chance to win the category B title.
“The fistball players from the coast hold the National Cup and the League Championship title in Category B, and thus, they have a chance to reclaim the bragging rights,” said Minz.
With all Covid-19 regulations in place, after a well-deserved three-month break, the players and clubs have given their assurances that they are ready to compete.
“We foresee the 2021 Bank Windhoek Fistball League to be yet another exciting season since it allows Namibian fistball players to get back in the game and hone their skills after a challenging 2020 season. All the best to every participant,” said Bank Windhoek’s head of corporate affairs Hayley Allen.