IT is time that we have a Premiership outfit from the southern part of the country competing at the highest level of the country’s domestic football league.
Not that I’m discriminating against coastal team Blue Boys, it’s just that time has now come for our football fans to be treated to a variety of talent from all over the country.
Swakopmund Blue Boys Football Club (FC) had a notch in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) campaign back in 2010 but had a poor run during that season. I just think that the //Karas region Young Brazilians will make the residents of the region extremely happy should they qualify for the domestic elite league.
The southern part of Namibia is undoubtedly endowed with football talent, when one is reminded of the likes of Sylvester Lolo Goraseb, Willy Stephanus and former Black Africa player Lucky Bonstander, to mention a few notable names who donned the premier league teams jerseys.
It will be greatly appreciated if our premier league can reach out to the remotest areas of this beautiful country, because the more we have football being played countrywide at the highest level then the merrier in terms of infrastructure development.
The onus is now on the Young Brazilians to ensure that the MTC Premiership is felt deep down south, by so doing also give football scouts a bigger pool in terms of talent.
The //Karas Regional Council now needs to look at prioritising infrastructure development, not just of football facilities but also other amenities such as swimming pools, tennis and netball courts.
Immediate priority, however, would be to ensure that the region has a facility or facilities that can handle premier league fixtures, to avoid a scenario whereby the Young Brazilians may be forced to play elsewhere.
While Blue Boys FC have tasted the premier league status before, it is important for all First Division sides to understand what it takes to be a premier league outfit.
It’s the responsibility of both these teams to ensure that they mobilise their supporters to the fullest to rally behind them in home and away matches.
The respective teams’ management also need to seek sponsorship, preferably from institutions that have not been bankrolling football in the country all along, such as MTC. The business sector in the various regions must understand their socio-economic responsibilities towards the communities they operate from and more importantly the development of the youth.
Surely it will be gratifying to watch more of our young footballers strutting their stuff in the South African Premier League or elsewhere on the continent.
Investment in sport, not just football, is what is needed from all stakeholders. The //Karas region boasts a number of key economic sector players, such as mines and fishing, and it is time that they came on board to support the development of sport in the region.
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