LET me from the onset extend hearty congratulations to our very own and newly crowned International Boxing Organization (IBO) super bantamweight champion, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, for bringing the title home. Ambunda is one of Namibia’s finest pugilists who has shown impeccable discipline in and out of the boxing ring. The newly crowned champion has done Namibia proud and I am certain that his stable, belonging to Imms and Nicky, will do all in their power to ensure that Ambunda successfully defends his title right here on home soil. To avoid disappointment, I advise both Imms and Nicky to start already to engage the private sector for possible funding partnerships to enable our new champion to defend his title here in Namibia. Sponsoring SA clubs Turning to another matter, I know that it is the prerogative of the Namibia Breweries Limited or any other Namibian entity to give funding to any club they so wish. However, the sponsoring of South African rugby clubs at the expense of Namibian sports clubs has left a sour taste in the mouths of many local sports fanatics. Namibia Breweries, whose products are consumed at an alarming rate in the country, owes it to the Namibian population to inject capital into the local sports. Sure, NBL needs to be given credit because they are the official sponsor of the country’s senior national football team. However, the secrecy in terms of what the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Brave Warriors actually gets from the NBL remains a mystery. How much is the NBL injecting into the senior national team? We surely know that there is a contract but what are the terms of this contact? Here we have the Brave Warriors taking part in the 2019 African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifiers yet the NFA is struggling to get money for the boys to have a proper thorough training camp. I wonder how much has been released from the coffers of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) N$3 million earmarked for the seven national football teams. What is going on in local rugby? It was an important development when the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) announced its business arm, whose objective is solely to solicit funding for the Union. But the ongoing debacle between the business arm and the NRU does nothing than tarnish the image of Namibian rugby. Here we have the senior national rugby team that secured a place for the 2019 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Cup, yet threats are being thrown left, right and centre to pull the country out of the world cup. It’s important for the rugby leadership to put their differences aside and let rugby as a sport be the winner. Why do players have to suffer because the ones expected to run the sport are fighting tooth and nail? What a shame that we now have the Welwitschias withdrawn from the Curry Cup competition because the leadership cannot iron out their differences.
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