Tjongarero calls for more sponsorships into sports

12 Jun 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Services Agnes Tjongarero has called on sports administrators and sponsor to pool resources together in the best interest of sports.
She said this on Thursday during the launch of the second edition of the Dr. Hage Geingob cup here.
The annual competition will this year see two Namibian Premier League (NPL) clubs compete against a South African club and an Angolan club.
In its inaugural year in 2014, three Namibian football clubs - Black Africa, African Stars and Tigers - competed against Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club from South Africa.
Mamelodi Sundowns won the maiden edition of the tournament at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek after defeating African Stars.
Tjongarero said as a country, Namibia can no longer have an unprofessional football league after 25 years of Namibia's independence.
“This is our soccer, our national team and we should stop seeing only one sponsor listed on cups that teams play for.Lets put all the little resources we together to improve of football or other sports.
'I am therefore calling on the cooperate world and sports administrators to come together and find a solution on how to change things, and have a better run football league that can produce players to represent our national team at the highest level,” she said.
Tjongarero added that with a professional league, football players will earn more money and this can help better their lives and those of their families.
“If you have a football player who earn more money, that means they can help take care of their families by sending them to school and as a nation we will grow having educated citizens. I am reiterating my call for corporate companies to start investing more money into sports to help better our people because this are the same people that support your companies,” stated Tjongarero.