By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) is seriously hunting for good Samaritans to invest into the sport for it to reach its optimum growth. In an interview with Confidente this week, NVF President, Tobias Mwatelulo said lack of funding has been the thorny issue at the federation resulting in some of the programmes not being successfully implemented. He said that it is important for the corporate sector to fully invest into the sport, thanking Bank Windhoek, which is the official sponsor of the national league. Mwatelulo was speaking on the sidelines of the National Volleyball championships, which saw the volley club of the national electricity utility company (NamPower) crowned the national male league champion. “Volleyball clubs are struggling financially when they travel and that we as the federation also suffer because we have to reimburse the officials take care of the logistics. Though I cannot disclose the sponsorship deal from Bank Windhoek I must admit that they have helped us tremendously in giving prize monies to the winning teams,” he said. The 2018 national female league saw the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) female teams taking the league crown. The country’s uniform men and women have dominated the national leagues for the past years but luck in the men’s division has evaded them this time around as both NDF and Namibian Police (Nampol) failed dismally. Mwatelulo said NamPower volleyball club, affectionately known as the ‘punishers’, gave their opponents a run for their money while the NDF’s women team stamped their dominance in their division. He said government, through the Directorate of Sport in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, has decided to have volleyball as an development sport. This hampers the inflow of sponsorships. “It is important that the business sector comes on board and have this beautiful game evolve by establishing more clubs and see a situation where companies have their names imprinted on the team’s playing gears,” stressed Mwatelulo. Currently the league has 13 clubs but the idea is to increase the number of clubs to 20 come next year. “People must start taking sport seriously especially the business sector to have the sport grow and just like France winning the FIFA world cup is because the business sector in those countries have seen the importance of investing into sport,” emphasised Mwatelulo. Despite the lack of investment in the sport, some clubs are still doing well. The University of Science and Technology (NUST) volleyball team is one of the clubs singled out to look forward come 2019. Another newcomer, ‘Naka Green’ has also given opponents in the league stiff competition. Though the 2018 volleyball season successfully concluded, teams are now preparing for the Namibia Volleyball Federation Cup scheduled for Rundu on 18 and 19 August this year. The second round is pencilled for Swakopmund on 25 and 26 September. The NVF Cup is normally competed by the two top teams in the various leagues of which the national female and male teams are selected. “The selected teams will compete in the South African Zone Six championships slated for November that will see teams from across Africa vying for top honours,’ he said. The NVF president said volleyball has grown and that players plying their trade in the national league are also competing in the beach volleyball which in the past was predominantly played by the white compatriots. He said that seeing players from all walks of life, has tremendously improved the image of the sport and that once everybody is on board the sport can grow in leaps and bounds.
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