By John Tuerijama
THE Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo says finding a generous sponsor like Debmarine Namibia is never easy and everything should be done to keep them.
Ekandjo, who was speaking at the official launch of the Debmarine Namibia Cup and Round of 32 draw, urged the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to ensure that the sponsorship from the mining firm is sustained. The Debmarine Namibia Cup national football tournament is owned and organised by NFA. Debmarine has committed to sponsor the tournament for three years to a tune of N$14 million over 36 months.
“Sponsors need to have a good return on their investment thus national sports associations, clubs and athletes need to provide their sponsors with appropriate mileage and good value for their money,” said Ekandjo.
“Our national sport associations must have a clear vision and goals and should be provided with adequate resources and strong leadership.
“In the same vein, it is my wish and hope that soon, the national league across the country will be in full swing with the support from other corporates and stakeholders in our country,” he added.
“Let us not stand back and watch what will unfold but let’s all be part of progress to make Namibia a better place.”
The Minister said the investment that Government and corporate Namibia is making in partnership with the NFA is to avail a platform for developing the game as it would go a long way in keeping the game alive and worthy.
Ekandjo said the Debmarine Namibia Cup is an opportune event for all participating teams to learn from each other, share ideas and build a lasting relationship.
“I urge them to take full advantage of this opportunity and use it to develop their skills both on and off the field,” he said.
Ekandjo said Namibians must appreciate and commend all efforts by the stakeholders such as Debmarine Namibia to ensure that the people play the game they love that support so many people involved directly or indirectly.
“Competitions of this nature are very significant as sport do not only promote economic development and a healthy lifestyle, but is also a catalyst for social cohesion,” stressed Ekandjo.
He said: “Sport is a universal language something that is understood by all, or most of the world’s population and therefore as a Government we will encourage and commend efforts to build and achieve a caring, united and social cohesive Namibia.”
Debmarine Namibia senior financial manager, Willy Mertens said the company had for long considered to get involved in Namibian football and had been looking out for opportunities.
“Various discussions took place with insiders to better understand the footballing needs of our beloved country,” he said.
Mertens revealed that he was invited to accompany the Brave Warriors to the 2015 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, at which he had the privilege to engage the Warriors’ head coach Ricardo Mannetti and his assistant Ronny Kanalelo, who shared ideas and discussions that gave him a better understanding of the needs of football in Namibia.
“So when we were approached by the NFA to consider sponsoring the NFA Cup, the seeds were already planted,” he added.
“Debmarine Namibia only expects one thing from this partnership that it be a success story on and off the field.”
He said Debmarine Namibia is guided by values of teamwork, integrity, excellence, respect and zero harm to people and the environment they operate in and in that vein the company demands their partners in this case (NFA) to honour those values.
The round of 32 is scheduled for April 21 to 23, while the second round of games is billed for April 28 to 30.
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