By Jeoffrey Mukubi
CHOPSI’S bar, in collaboration with Mushima Transport Services, has sponsored the Swakopmund Women’s Soccer League (SWSL) to the tune of N$25 000.
Speaking at the handover, held at the Swakopmund Secondary School sports field, last Friday, SWSL Chairperson, Wilson Nguvauva, expressed his joy and gratitude. “This sponsorship will go a long way in helping with all the things we need to make the league successful,” said Nguvauva. “We need soccer balls, training equipment, soccer kits and many other things, but this sponsorship has come to ease the struggle, and it came at the right time, because we do not have a budget. At least now we can buy equipment, pay for transport or even hire a soccer field,” he said. “The teams will also be motivated to play competitive soccer for the full length of the league, because now they can expect a trophy at the end of the season.” The SWSL is the only competitive women’s league in the Erongo region, with seven teams competing, including defending champions Namib Daughters, as well as Dragon City, Desert Rollers, Dream Team, Nampol, SSDC and Coastal Girls. Nguvauva said that hopefully the Chopsi’s sponsorship will motivate other companies to sponsor the league as well. The league has produced five national team players – four under-17s and one U-20. The SWSL uplifts the community, by taking young girls off the streets and involving them in sports activities. The league also strives to promote gender equality and educates the players about the prevention of HIV/AIDS and social ills. Chopsi’s Bar owner, Chops Tshoopara, said that private companies can make a difference, in terms of bettering the lives of others, because a little help can go a long way. “Chopsi’s Bar believes in helping people and that is why, when we heard about these young ladies not being able to play, we decided to step in to sponsor their league, in order for them to have something to do,” he said. The league is scheduled to start on the 29 July.
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