Unam Queens, NCS take NVF Doc tourney titles

The winning teams walked away with N$20 000 each.
Precious Nghituanapo
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 last weekend.

The tournament celebrated volleyball excellence and community spirit, bringing together players, coaches and fans nationwide.

The Doc tournament featured 35 men’s and women’s teams competing, 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) in the women’s and Matheus Nahenda (15) and men’s categories.

Lameesh Harris of Unam Queens and Vaino Namukomba of NDF Raptors were recognised as the most valuable players of the tournament in the women’s and men’s categories.

Defending men’s champions, the Namibia Correctional Service (NCS) team from Ondangwa, once again proved to be a force to be reckoned with reaching the final and beating NDF 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 and motivated, too. However, we felt no intimidation from them as we believed that we are the best volleyball team in the country and we’ve proven it.”

The youthful Unam Queens also put up a thrilling show clinching the 2024 women’s championship. The Queens outplayed Kudos in the final by three sets to one.

Unam Queens captain Petite Elizabeth Kavenambutako said playing in the final for the first time was a remarkable opportunity, which the team turned into a memorable achievement. “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 runners-up received N$15,000, while the third, fourth and fifth prizes were worth N$10 000, N$5 000 and N$2 000.


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, or contributed to making this event such a success.”

NVF’s first vice president, Liina Matheus, said 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 the next 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 such thrillingly competitive volleyball action this Easter weekend.

“There were many young players and spectators. The good 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 event.”

– precious@erongo.com.na