Tjongarero applauds Debmarine’s netball sponsorship

27 Jul 2017 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero has applauded Debmarine Namibia’s N.dollars 1.8 million sponsorship to Netball Namibia (NN).
Speaking at the sponsorship signing ceremony here on Wednesday, Tjongarero acknowledged that lack of finances had in the past led to subdued netball performances, both locally and internationally.
“This sport has really been hit hard by financial difficulties; since Government alone cannot afford to take care of it, we will continue to call on corporate companies to come in and assist,” she said.
Tjongarero said netball activities in the country had been very limited, with some regions failing to send players for trials, hence the national team was not as representative as it should be.
She noted that only central Namibia was leading the way when it comes to netball development, while the other regions, where there are good players, could not showcase their talent.
“Through this sponsorship I believe that you have not only given funds to netball but have acknowledged that sports in Namibia needs the corporate world,” said Tjongarero.
She urged the NN Board to account for every cent donated by Debmarine.
The deputy minister also cautioned the leadership of netball to work together and be wary of opportunists, who would want to lay their hands on the sponsorship.
The three-year sponsorship will be used to host the annual NN Senior National Championship; the Netball Pent series featuring Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland; regional league grants of N.dollars 10 000 annually; training of approximately 20 umpires; and the development of the NN website.
Tjongarero called on more corporate companies to sponsor more sports codes as shown by Debmarine that also sponsors football.