President of the Confederation of University and College Sports Association (CUCSA) of Southern Africa, Ben Naobeb has called on ministries of higher education in the SADC region to balance academic priorities and sports.
Naobeb, who also served as the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s first president at Independence, said the balance between education and sport is critical for the full development and promotion of sport in tertiary institutions. He also encouraged tertiary institutions and colleges to adopt CUCSA sporting programmes to avoid a clash with academics programmes and the championships.
“The sporting programmes must be enhanced in the ministries because the activities that we are engaged in are normally outside the academic programmes,” Naobeb said.
According to Botswana’s Mmegi newspaper, Naobeb said CUCSA’s wish was to have more games and students in the competitions hence the need to discuss the calendar of events so that it can be enhanced in the institutions.
Naobeb, a senior sports officer at the University of Namibia, was speaking after a CUCSA executive committee meeting which was held in Gaborone, Botswana last weekend.
Seven out of the 10 CUCSA members, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland attended while Angola, Malawi and Mozambique were absent. Namibia is represented on CUCSA by the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN).
Meanwhile, the CUCSA executive meeting has expressed concern about Angola’s silence regarding the hosting of the CUCSA Games in 2018. They claim that Angola had not communicated if they will host the 2018 competition or not.
One of the CUCSA executives was quoted in Mmegi as saying: “The problem we have in CUCSA is that Angola is not communicating. The members are
not satisfied with their silence since they are supposed to host the next year games. They have not given the association a response yet.”
He said they have been communicating with one person from Angola, adding that they do not know if there is a committee or not.
He said if Angola does not respond, Botswana will be the next member to host the games therefore they will be waiting for a request letter before the end of April.
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