Tuk-Tuk crowned DHF Charity Cup champions

Teams competing in the fourth edition of the Deon Hotto Foundation Charity Cup delivered another spectacular showcase of local talent in Omaruru.
Otis Daniels
Tuk-Tuk from Okahandja defeated Dynamos from Ovihitua in a penalty shootout in the final of the fourth edition of the Deon Hotto Foundation (DHF) Charity Cup in Omaruru.

The two finalists played to a goalless draw when the full-time whistle went and the champion had to be determined via spot kicks.

The winning team walked away with N$20 000 and the DHF Charity Cup floating trophy. The runners-up received N$10 000 and the beaten semi-finalists earned N$4 000 each.

Salomon Shikukutu of Dynamos was named player of the tournament. He earned N$500 and a Deon Hotto’s Orlando Pirates replica jersey.

Omaruru's mayor, Vincent Kahua, joined Deon Hotto in presenting the prize money and awards to the winners at the closing ceremony. DHF also handed over food parcels intended for distribution amongst the needy in Omaruru and sponsored by Namib Mills to local councillors present.

Twenty-two teams registered for this year’s tournament, with soccer teams from as far as Mariental, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and nearby Omatjete in action.

In the semi-finals, Tuk-Tuk defeated Nam Cosmos and Dynamos eliminated Blue Jets.

Carl Pesat, the chairperson of DHF, thanked the community of Omaruru and the sponsors for making the DHF Charity Cup tournament a huge success.

“Mabokke Soccer Stadium was packed to capacity due to a huge influx of soccer fans in addition to the locals who pitched for the event. We could not have done it without the participating teams, the support of the community and sponsors Score and Top Score.”

The inaugural edition was hosted in Swakopmund in 2019, before Henties Bay hosted the second edition (2022) and last year’s edition took place in Swakopmund.

Hotto, who was born and raised in Swakopmund, plays as a midfielder for the Brave Warriors and Orlando Pirates in South Africa.

At the official launch of his foundation in June this year, more than N$3 million was raised for the development of a 10 000-seater stadium to be constructed in the Mondesa suburb of his hometown.

Three DH Sports Facilities (each accommodating two 5-a side football courts and a netball court) will also be built in Swakopmund, Omaruru and Okahandja. According to the 10-year outline of the envisioned projects, the construction of the first DH Sports Facility will commence in 2024 and could be completed in 2025.

The mandate of the Foundation, which was established in 2018, is to complement and assist with the provision of sport infrastructure and to uplift young disadvantaged persons and communities through sports development. The Foundation also intends to become a preferred sports agency for mentoring and managing young talent.

Since its inception in 2018, DHF provides two donations per year to old-age homes, orphanages, schools and sport clubs. Previous beneficiaries include Coastal High School and Atlantic Combined School in Swakopmund as well as Pahye Primary School in Omaruru.