By John Tuerijama
NETBALL lovers in the Khomas region can look forward to exciting action on the courts as from next month, the region’s new leadership has promised.
Khomas Netball elected a new leadership three weeks ago at its Annual General Meeting and also decided to add more spark to league activities, including an open and closing tournament of the season.
Deputy Chairperson of Khomas Netball, Turky Ndashiiva said the Council of Khomas Netball (comprised of all member clubs), will meet on Monday to discuss the modalities around the Opening Tournament which is scheduled for March 18, as well as the league which will kick off on April 1.
“We will also confirm last year’s winners that have to move up a notch in the league. The first league winners, namely Nampol and Afrocat Lions, will move up to the Premier League while United and Wanderers will move up to the second league,” she said.
On administrative matters, Ndashiiva said her executive will strictly enforce the region’s constitution and its bylaws, as the past executive had been very lenient towards the clubs.
“This season, and going forward, we will be very strict with the club registrations and other requirements according to the Constitution of the Khomas netball. We also want to offer training for our umpires and coaches as most clubs have unaccredited umpires and coaches,” she stressed.
“All clubs must register two umpires per team on registration day. This will be emphasised this year and penalties will be imposed on those that do not adhere to the requirements,” she warned. Regarding the financial challenges and how she and her executives cope, Ndashiiva said: “We operate with the clubs’ registration fees throughout the season. Our love for the sport supersedes the monetary rewards in the end.”
She also dismissed the notion that Khomas netball is only played in Windhoek, adding that for netball purposes, the Khomas region includes towns like Okahandja, Groot Aub and Rehoboth.
“We have teams from Okahandja and Rehoboth during our league season but due to a lack of financial support, it is difficult for teams to travel every second weekend. We try to play the home and away games but sometimes it gets financially difficult to get umpires to travel. Therefore, most games are played in Windhoek,” she said.
Looking at the highs and lows of the previous season, she said the Khomas region produced 90 percent of all national team’s players.“Besides the lack of finances, there are clubs that do not have discipline at all. Also, unruly spectators of clubs that undermine umpires during league games and lack of qualified umpires were also some of the challenges we faced,” she said.
“Another major challenge is the lack of availability of people to serve on the executive committee. We still do not have a secretary on the executive and we have to divide the work and do it ourselves,” she revealed.
She also complained about players who are not committed to the sport. She said they register but do not train with the teams, thus putting pressure on these teams. Some of the players opt to play in the netball social league thus missing out on an opportunity to be selected for the national team.
Ndashiiva confirmed that two new teams were admitted as members of Khomas Netball and will compete in the second division. These are Tura Magic Netball Club and Real Latinos Netball Club.
Despite looking at the season with optimism, Ndashiiva said they are hoping to find a lasting solution to the problems of lack of netball courts in Windhoek. As a result, she said, they might consider using the courts at the UN Plaza in Katutura.
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