02 Feb 2015 12:54pm
RUNDU, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - The Kavango East regional netball league, which has been dormant for the past two years, could kick off sometime this month.
The netball league was put on hold after Netball Namibia, which was previously known as the All Namibia Netball Association (ANNA), stopped funding them because they had run out of funds.
The last time the region held its netball league games was in December 2012.
Kavango Netball Association (KANA) Chairperson, Nika Mudumbi told Nampa on Monday that the regional executive committee will soon have its annual general meeting (AGM), where it will elect an executive committee which will run the league for the next two years. The executive committee is expected to set the date for the commencement of the league.
She said they have decided to kick-start the league this month, without the financial assistance from Netball Namibia, because the netball games have been on hold for too long.
Financially, they will mainly be relying on funds that will be collected from players' registration and from the participating teams.
All efforts by KANA leadership to get some financial assistance from the local business community over the past two years have been in vain.
Mudumbi said the players are anxiously waiting for the commencement of the league, and some of the teams already started their preparations last month.
Due to the dormancy of the netball league, some players have reportedly resorted to other sports to keep themselves occupied.
The KANA chairperson called on businesspeople to provide financial sponsorship to get the league running, and to cater for prize monies and umpire allowances.
Netball Namibia previously sponsored the Kavango netball league with N.dollars 5 000.
The league previously survived from the nine participating teams' registration fees of N.dollars 300 per team and the players registration fees of N.dollars 20 per player.
The Rundu Sports Stadium, which has a netball court, has already been cleared in preparation of the netball matches.