Arcadia Football Club honored its young stars with medals at an award ceremony which took place on 18 January 2020 in the Windhoek suburb of Grysblok.

The annual award ceremony taking place for the third time honored the young footballers who participated in the 2019 Khomas Youth Football Season. The ceremony recognized the club’s under 13 players who achieved a bronze medal in the league and the under 17 players who clinched a silver medal in the same league.

Motivational speaker and prominent gender activist Mr Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi encouraged the young players to continue playing the beautiful game of football and continue to be part of the Arcadia family.

“You must make sure that you love yourself first of all so that you can be able to love others, to love your community and country by giving out your talent,” Karuaihe-Upi implored. “Make sure you are healthy and eat right as that is the only way that you will be able to become a star and share your life with others through this sport.”

Former Arcadia captain and Black Africa and Civics player Marvin Katire also had a word of motivation to the young prospects. Katire who currently works as the relational manager with Letshego Bank said every individual player has a duty to be disciplined and work hard if he wants to achieve greater things in life.

Katire briefly shared his background and life with the Arcadia football family and told the youngsters to take their sport activities seriously for their own benefit. “I am lucky to have been a part of this family. It has contributed a lot to my personal growth and made me to be where I am today.

“Each one of you can reach even higher heights if you stay disciplined and responsible. Avoid getting mixed up with unruly youths, and please just stay away from alcohol and drugs.

“To the parents, please continue to support the club by paying for your children’s registration fees so that the club can be able to offer them better and quality skills development using football.”

CAPTION:Former Arcadia FC player Marvin Katire handing a medal to the young star Michael Kotze.