LET me on the onset give a ‘Big Thumbs Up’ to the national senior women netball team head coach Mansie for having his chargers put up fierce competition to their rivals in the 2018 netball pent series edition.
The ladies have without doubt, demonstrated Namibia’s potential and talent but the fact that we have the Desert Jewels, as the senior national team is affectionately known, means a lot more is needed such as investment into the team.
I fail to understand the reluctance from some corporate sector members who for some strange reasons opt to associate themselves with specific sport codes.
Netball Namibia leadership has demonstrated to this nation that there is talent, however, what is needed is the establishment of regional leagues to have a larger ‘pool’ of players to select from.
The national A-Team that was hastily assembled to replace the Ugandan netball team who at the eleventh hour did not make the journey to Windhoek, must be nurtured into a formidable side or rather a feeder team.
It’s important for the netball leadership to scout for talent by visting regions, sure we do acknowledge that some regions might not necessarily have the height needed but we do have the height needed in some regions.
It does not help having the pent series once a year but it’s important that we have our netball teams exposed internationally more regularly. Perhaps it’s imperative that Netball Namibia considers inviting Africa’s powerhouses such as Malawi, South Africa and Kenya just to mention but a few.
I guess the question on my mind right now is ‘what’s going to happen ? when the Debmarine sponsorship comes to an end. Basically, all that I’m saying is for the netball leadership not to get cosy in their comfort zone but pursue other potential sponsors.
Long back, netball was a very popular sport code domestically perhaps second from football and having had the necessary height and talent, Namibia was regarded as one of the star countries on the continent.
I know that the expertise of Mansie can develop our netball to the level that we want or rather the netball leadership wants. Another importance is the decentralisation of the pent series and not just have it in Windhoek but take the tournament to other regions. We have great regions such as Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto and Omaheke, who boasts with standardized sport facilities, so why not take the games there next time?
The likes of Mansie, Madam Isador, Madam Smith with the assistance of the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero a fervent sport lover and former netball administrator can in my mind make the impossible possible.
As for our poor showing at this year’s Cosafa Cup held in South Africa, I think some of our players have become liabilities to Ricardo Mannetti’s master plan. Perhaps, thinking that they fit Mannetti’s plan and are irreplaceable.
Time has come to get rid of those players failing to execute Mannetti’s instructions on the field. We can’t have a scenario where we did very well during the Chan competition in Morocco and have a sluggish performance in South Africa.
These players must have no ‘excuses’ for the poor showing and if they have become ‘big headed’ and egotistic, then maybe time has come to let go and steadily introduce a few new players into the fold, as what the Cosafa tournament seeks to promote.
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