WITH the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers scheduled for next year, it’s evidently important for the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) leadership to take the bull by its horn, if the national rugby team is to make their country proud once again, and qualify.
Having played Uruguay in their recent test matches, which saw our boys losing by smaller margins, the onus is now on the rugby leadership to secure testing friendly matches for the boys.
Having lost 36-52 in the initial test match, the Welwitchias went on to lose by 34-39 in the second match, which is an indication that more test matches will fully equip the boys for the qualifiers.
If they qualify, Namibia will be placed in Group B, where our boys will have to play the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Italy, and that alone warrants a thorough preparation schedule for the national rugby team.
The Welwitchias played in the South African Currie Cup competition, without their foreign-based stars, where they failed dismally to record a single victory.
However, this should not deter us from putting in a great showing during the qualifiers.
Why is it so difficult for the national rugby team to secure sponsorship?
And what should be done to bring the dormant private sector on board, as we all know that the public sector has limited resources with which to ensure that national teams honour their international engagement?
The business sector always comes on board at the eleventh hour, especially when national teams successfully qualify for major world sporting events.
The best possible scenario is for the rugby leadership to aggressively engage the captains of the industry, because it’s imperative that Namibia honours its qualifiers.
Let’s avoid the scenario where the Namibia Rugby Union is struggling to secure a single sponsor, which could be to the further detriment of the national team.
These are World Cup qualifiers and not some Mickey Mouse competition.
This is the real deal and our boys need all the help they can get, including a massive sponsorship injection.
Also, in the case of the national indoor women’s hockey team, which has successfully qualified for their sport’s World Cup, scheduled for Berlin early next year, I doubt if the private sector has played any meaningful role to have them successfully prepared for the global event.
It gives me sleepless night, worrying that the lack of support for our very own national teams continues, despite them having put their country on the map.
I personally think that if sponsors with deep pockets come on board, the Namibia Hockey Union could have organised more international friendly matches, especially against South Africa, who are among the best Africa nations when it comes to hockey.
Let’s not fail our sportsmen and women, but instead rally behind our national teams.
Let us support our sporting teams, whether they represent us at rugby, hockey, football, boxing or rowing, because it is only through sport that we can successfully forge our national identity. And it is only through this that we produce our future sport stars.
This can only happen if investments are made, so let me congratulate banks, such as FNB Namibia and Bank Windhoek, which are instrumental in the development of school sport.
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