By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA is looking at a star performance during the December Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games scheduled for Gaborone, Botswana after setting aside a whopping N$ 4 million for thorough preparations of the various national teams.
In an interview with Confidente the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya said that all ten sport codes that took part in the inaugural youth games have already selected their individual teams for the Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.
“We will have a national training camp during the August school holiday but again it all depends on the individual sports federations on how they intend to prepare for the games,” said Mwiya.
“As for team sports, it is very tricky compared to individual sports, and if a team wins that does not mean all its players will be selected but individual talent does form a team unfortunately.”
He added that there were a number of concerns raised on why certain players are not included in the national teams but he is of the opinion that some players who did very well needed to be nurtured and groomed technically and tactically and for that, could not be part of a national team yet.
So far, out of the ten sport codes, netball has announced their under-20 national teams dominated mainly by players from Khomas, Erongo and Otjozondjupa with Oshana and both Kavango East and West making entry in the team announced.
“Well, there were concerns raised as far as netball is concerned such as why certain players were omitted. But, the judges made the final decisions and their decisions must be respected,” he stressed.
He, however, called on the netball leadership to start prioritizing training courses for their umpires and coaches in the regions. Looking at the just ended youth games held in the capital, Mwiya noted that the inaugural games served as a learning curve. “Having looked at the games I must say that Namibia has got talent that needs to be nurtured and groomed not just in Windhoek but in all the regions. Regions must get away from promoting the original sports codes like football and netball alone.” “These games do not mean that there will be a paradigm shift in the composition of the national teams but a gradual process is needed to have Namibia sports grow nationally.” Mwiya added that Khomas did not dominate in all ten sports codes, as there were regions such as Ohangwena and Kavango who were forces in the volleyball and basketball competitions.
Other regions also dominated in the boxing discipline, a sign, he believes, indicates that more needs to be done by regional leadership to introduce certain sport codes in their regions.
Mwiya said that regions that did not do very well during the inaugural games must not be discouraged but instead focus on nurturing the talent at their disposal.
“It takes a number of years to truly nurture a talent and by doing just that we can anticipate a competitive future youth games.” He further said that there is no reason why tennis should not be played in all regions, as there are tennis courts at most schools in most of the towns.
According to the sports administrator, promoting swimming in the regions will be a challenge because of lack of swimming facilities in the regions.
“We cannot expect the national swimming union to introduce swimming in the regions because there are simply no Olympic standard pools. I call on the regional leadership to start strategizing and set funding aside to build swimming pools and any other sport facilities needed according to their needs.”
He is of the opinion that judo needs technical knowledge as it is not an easy sport but was pleased to hear that now that the judo federation got a sponsorship, it intends to introduce the sport in five regions. The sport is currently only being played in Khomas, Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions.
Netball team announced:
TilieKamati (Erongo), Aina Samuel (Otjozondjupa), AshiyaOtta (Erongo), Monica Gomases (Khomas), Annette van Staden (Khomas), Shawna Pieters (Khomas), Juandre Nell (Khomas), Tasha Egambo (Erongo), UendjisuveraKangumine (Khomas), Campbell Shipunda (Otjozondjupa), Kajuenje Mbahimua (Otjozondjupa), Angelika Muhoko (Kavango East), Lea Ndahepele (Oshana), MainkaRobberts (Erongo), RachalleRoetz (Erongo), RaulenciaNdakalako (Erongo), NgumekujorisaHumajuva (Otjozondjupa), Chantelle Louw (Otjozondjupa) Thiremo Nada (Kavango West) and Bertha Hamukwaya (Khomas)
Head coach: Anna Kriel
Assistant coach: Eve Kautushu
Team Manager: Isadore Nell
Umpire: Imelda Basson
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