04 Apr 2017 13:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 04 APR (NAMPA) The //Kharas U-20 football team on Monday received a donation of soccer balls and training kits from Ongoshi Trading Investment to prepare for the upcoming The Namibian Newspaper Cup.
Ongoshi is a private developer currently constructing 40 low cost houses in Keetmanshoops Tseiblaagte suburb.
The Namibian newspapers annual football tournament will be held in Swakopmund over the Easter weekend under the theme Kick reckless driving out of Erongo.
The items were handed over to the team by Keetmanshoop Mayor Gaudentia Krohne and Keetmanshoop Municipality Manager for Support Services, Josef Rooi.
The municipality approached local businesses for sponsorships after it was approached by the teams management.
Team Manager, Kallie Goliath said it was a daily struggle to sufficiently prepare the team on a limited budget.
We struggle with transport, food for the boys and even training venues, he said, thanking the sponsors for the assistance.
Goliath said it was his desire to see the region once again become the leaders of football in the country.
With this current crop of players, we want to bring back the glory days when //Kharas was the football powerhouse of the country, he said.
Krohne urged the boys, a team of 20 players, to make the region proud in the upcoming tournament.
We are behind you every step of the way. Unemployment is a problem in our country, so I urge you to take this opportunity to excel and use it to launch football careers, she said.
Krohne also asked other local businesses to support the team in cash or kind.
Rooi informed the team that Old Mutual Namibia committed to donate tracksuits to the team and its management.
//Kharas U-20 on Sunday also won N.dollars 4 000 in a football tournament hosted by the //Kharas Education Directorates Social Club.
Goliath challenged the other regions participating in the newspapers games to be ready for an uphill battle, courtesy of his team.