NBC must show our fights: Shihepo

06 Oct 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibian light heavyweight boxer Willbeforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo has called on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to make an effort to broadcast local sports activities.
Speaking here on Thursday at a media conference during which Salute Boxing Academy gave feedback on the recent Otji Fest boxing tournament, Shihepo said as athletes from rural areas, some of their relatives cannot afford to travel around the country to watch them in action.
“I am sorry but I feel NBC is short-changing us. People were complaining that the (Otji Fest) fights were not being shown on television (TV), as there was no one from NBC to cover such a big occasion,” he said.
Shihepo said NBC forces people to pay TV licences but when things are happening in the country, like their fights, NBC does not broadcast it live.
“For me, I do not see the reason why I should pay my TV licence. When we travel to places like Otjiwarongo our children cannot come with us, so they can watch us on TV,” he said.
Shihepo said he is prepared to help NBC get sponsorship, or even contribute money, to have his fights broadcast live on TV.
Sacky Shikufa, NBC’s executive producer for sports, disputed Shihepo’s accusations, saying their sports team was indeed at the tournament.
“We ran a sports story on the Otji Festival boxing tournament the day after the tournament (01 October); we just could not afford to show the fights live on Saturday because of financial implications,” he told Nampa on Friday.
Shikufa added that NBC would welcome any Namibian who wants to assist the broadcaster financially or otherwise.
He said they will be screening some of the fights on Saturday on NBC TV1.