Lack of money is hampering our future sport stars: Shapwa

13 Sep 2017 08:50am
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – The national under-20 (U20) rugby team would have done better at the recent World Rugby U-20 Trophy if it had enough funds to prepare, Sports Commissioner Monica Shapwa has said.
Shapwa, who accompanied the team to Uruguay where the event took place from 29 August to 10 September, said the biggest challenge facing sports in the country is the lack of money.
“I am confident that if there was enough money, the team could have prepared better, but we all know that money is hampering our potential future stars in our country because we are simply compromising so much when it comes to preparing our athletes,” she said.
Namibia ended fourth overall, just as it did in Zimbabwe last year.
Describing the competition as ‘tough’, Shapwa added that the Namibians did great in spite of the unbearable weather conditions that saw the final match between Japan and Portugal abandoned due to a water-logged pitch.
She said Namibia has a lot of talent in the current squad, which she believes will definitely go far in the sport.
“The technical staff played a huge role too… the coaches ensured that everyone was fit and gave a good account of themselves at the championship.”
Shapwa stated that the Namibia Rugby Union and players’ parents should be applauded for having done what they did with little money.
“A big thanks to all parents who assisted financially and emotionally to the realisation of this tournament.”
She said the event was well organised and she thanked the people of Uruguay for their hospitality.
“Even with language barriers, sport really just unites people.”
Namibia’s Cliven Loubser was selected as one of the top three best players at the competition.
Namibia finished second in Pool A on 10 points and faced Pool B runners-up Uruguay for third-place play off. Uruguay won 34-12.
In their Pool games, Namibia beat Canada 31-16 and improved on that with a 33-19 win against Chile. The Namibians however lost to Japan 33-13 in their last Pool game.