Brave Warriors present trophy to MPs

28 Nov 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors and their management, led by Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, on Tuesday presented the Dr Hage Geingob trophy to parliamentarians as a way of canvassing for financial support from the lawmakers.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjivivi welcomed the senior national men’s football team before taking the players to the chambers, where he introduced them to the members of parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly.
The team beat Zimbabwe 3-1 to win the Dr Hage Geingob Cup on 11 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Speaking to the players and management before leading them into the chambers, Katjivivi said the lawmakers were aware of the team’s achievement.
“We have discussed your performance to an extent that we have said if the line minister (Jerry Ekandjo of Sports, Youth and National Service) does not do his job, we will intervene and vouch for (financial) support to all our sportspeople,” he said.
Katjivivi further congratulated the team, saying they had displayed immense skills in the match against Zimbabwe.
Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero told the lawmakers that the team’s win was a sporting miracle as they did so without an active league.
“For the past two years, our football was going through difficulties; our administrators held meetings with various stakeholders and football is back again,” she said to applause from the August House.
She added that it has always been difficult to prepare the team without any funds or active league.
Tjongarero took time to update the legislators of the team’s upcoming participation at the 2018 African Nations Championship finals in Morocco in January.
“Fellow honourable members, as we speak right now, the team has to prepare for the January tournament as we will face Uganda, Zambia and Ivory Coast. If we want to continue with the success, we need to start preparing now, and to start those preparations, we need funding,” she emphasised.
The deputy minister said from Government’s side, they “always expect wonders from Namibian sportsmen and women, but how can they perform those wonders if preparations are not always started on time because of lack of funds?”
Tjongarero reminded the lawmakers that at the launch of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, she had challenged the team to make sure they win the trophy and keep it in the country.
She said the players had risen to the challenge and kept the promise. Now, she was challenging the lawmakers to keep their promises.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, at the same occasion, offered his assistance as the team’s medical officer, free of charge, to which the MPs gave a round of applause.