NOW the stage has been set for the newly crowned national under-20 rugby team to take the world by storm, but the young lads will first need to take on the northern African winners of the Barthes Under-20 North Trophy.
Roger Thompson must be commended for having assembled a team, in a short period of time but the showdown was simply a Namibian affair, which during the 2017 edition won the bronze medal.
Namibia hosted the Barthes Under-20 Trophy which saw four nations Kenya, Madagascar and Zimbabwe competing for top honours.
The Namibian young lads will now face Tunisia, in what is expected to be a titanic battle between the two arch-rivals.
Though, the battle is scheduled for later this month, let me call on both the public and private sector to rally behind the young boys to secure the crowning.
If at all we claim to be patriotic and sports lovers, let the corporate world demonstrate their social responsibilities towards this young rugby team.
Winning the Barthes Cup against Tunisia will secure us placement in the 2018 Junior World Rugby Trophy.
The onus is now on the rugby leadership to ensure that these young players get international friendly matches, or rather take on the local rugby clubs in the premier league.
Another national team that needs to be commended is the newly established Paralympic team that brought home medals after taking part in the Nedbank South African Championships for People with Disabilities.
This is a brand new team whose long term objective according to the Deputy Director of Sport with Disabilities in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service is to mould a formidable team for the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo, Japan.
Sure, there are individual companies who have been instrumental especially in sponsoring the national Paralympic team both in the past and present.
The Namibia Beverages through its Coca Cola brand sponsored the training camp of the Paralympic team, and the electricity utility company (Nampower) has been instrumental in awarding prizes to the athletes who did exceptionally well.
Again, let me emphasize the importance of prioritizing sports, and that will only take centre stage once those in the know take ownership.
Namibia has so much talent, and just like the Brave Warriors 2-1 victory over Lesotho in their international friendly match, the Young Warriors also impressed against neighbouring Botswana in the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-20 qualifiers.
Again, more friendly matches are needed for these players, who in a fortnight will engage their Botswanan counterpart in Windhoek.
Even though we are a small population, we have what it takes to stand tall and proud in international competitions be it at the Region 5, All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games, we will give those nations a run for their money.
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