Kavango netball league halted due to lack of funds

15 May 2014 08:20am
RUNDU, 15 MAY (NAMPA) - The Kavango Netball Association (KANA)’s league is on hold due to a lack of finances.
The KANA league was initially scheduled to kick off in February this year, but this did not happen due to a lack of sponsorship.
KANA chairperson Nika Mudumbi confirmed to Nampa on Thursday that the netball league was put on hold after the All Namibia Netball Association (ANNA) stopped funding them, as they are apparently also experiencing financial problems.
ANNA previously sponsored the Kavango netball league with start-up capital of N.dollars 5 000. The winning team’s planned cash prize of N.dollars 1 500, a floating trophy and medals were also sponsored by ANNA.
Mudumbi thus appealed for financial assistance from the business community in the Kavango East and West regions for the netball league.
The league also previously survived from the nine participating teams' registration fees of N.dollars 300 and players’ registration fees of N.dollars 20 per player, which was not sufficient.
KANA is in need of at least N.dollars 10 000, which will cover prize money and umpires’ allowances, and the chairperson pointed out that she has written several letters to potential businesses in the two regions, but no positive responses have been forthcoming.
They also do not have enough umpires, and are thus compelled to use volunteers as umpires during games.
Furthermore, there are no community netball courts, hampering progress here.
The Rundu Sports Stadium is mostly used for soccer matches, and Mudumbi said the association previously only commenced with their league season once the local football season was concluded.