30 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) Former Orlando Pirates Football Club (FC) player, Michael Matroos donated 20 pairs of football boots to Arcadia FC at its training ground in Grysblok, Katutura on Tuesday.
The former footballer, who is in Namibia on holiday from the United Kingdom where he is based, told Nampa on Wednesday the donation is part of his contribution to the development of the game in Namibia.
As can be seen from the faces of these youngsters, they show passion and love for the game as they make time to come and train, irrespective of the status of the training ground, he said.
Matroos was, however, disappointed at the lack of development of sports facilities in that part of Windhoek.
I would have thought that the status of facilities on this side of Katutura would have improved with independence, but it seems its still in the same condition as when I played on these same streets, he said.
Matroos added that Namibia must recognise grassroots football, because it is the heart and foundation of the game.
He called on parents to start developing a culture of supporting their children at sport events, as it will help them strive to be the best they can.
There is a lot of potential in this country and it needs to be supported, not only in equipment but also mentally and emotionally for them to be successful in life, said Matroos.
The clubs founding chairperson, Finastus Mutiwali requested Matroos last year for the donation.
Arcadia Head Coach, Frenky Inana said the donation came at the right time as most of the children in the club do not get support from their parents or guardians, and these boots make them look forward to training and matches.
The club was established in 1986 to provide young people from the suburbs of Katutura and Khomasdal with a recreation activity in the form of playing football.
It has more than 60 players between the ages of nine and 17, who practice on an open area in Grysblok.