Nam footballers against violence, poverty

November 26, 2012, 8:12 am

Local football players in the Premier League who are paid-up members of the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) joined forces on Friday in having their voices heard in the fight against violence and poverty.
Their efforts are part of the 16 Days Against gender-Based Violence which started worldwide yesterday.
The 20 plus footballers joined forces with Nile Education Trust and Secret Haven (an organisation of battered women) to spread the message of a non-violent society.
NAFPU President, Lolo Goraseb, said at a media briefing on Friday that the Players’ Union has earlier this year distributed food packages to Sevende Laan (Seventh Avenue) at the outskirts of Windhoek and are planning to do just that sometime this week.
The Players’ Union distributed meat packages to Secret Haven, an organisation whose locale is only known by the Namibian police (NamPol) and the abused mothers and children.
The players also benefited on the day when they received meat packages.
Amongst the players present were Brave Warriors midfielders Heinrich Isaacks, Willy Stephanus Aupa of Tura Magic and many others.
Goraseb said the Players’ Union will strive towards a better society for all.
“I must tell you about a classical example of Isaacks whose motor vehicle was damaged by unruly supporters after their two-all draw against Pirates a fortnight ago. This violence does not only affect women and children but our very own football players,” said the former Brave Warriors player.