03 Mar 2018 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAR (NAMPA) Namibian sports stakeholders have called on corporate Namibia, especially the ones with their roots in South Africa, to support local sports in the country the same way they do back home.
The call came from former Brave Warriors captain, TSV 1860 München and Hamburger SV defender cum midfielder Collin Benjamin during a panel discussion at the Namibia National Commission for Unesco (Natcom) annual general assembly on Friday.
I do not understand how for example, First National Bank can own a facility worth hundreds of millions in South Africa, yet they sponsor so little money to Namibian football and swimming, Benjamin said.
He urged relevant authorities to look at these issues, saying such institutions make huge profits from Namibia, then ship it to South Africa where they develop sports and leave Namibians without any sponsorship.
Benjamin, who is currently involved with the HopSol youth league where almost 2 000 children from ages 7 to 19 play football every weekend, added that sports can change lives and fight poverty while promoting peace and healthy lifestyles.
His view was supported by fellow panellist Edelberth Sivute Katamba, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, who added that these complaints have been noted and are being addressed.
We are in the final stages of reviewing the Sports Act, which has been partly blamed for not encouraging business to invest in sports, he explained.
Meanwhile, Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chairperson Joel Mathews on the same platform said there is a leadership crisis in national federations.
The way we elect or appoint leaders in the various sports federations is a very big concern to us as custodians of sports as it affects governance of these federations, he said.
Mathews added that the NSC is busy working on transforming the federations on governance and leadership in the near future.
The event was held under the theme, Sport as a vehicle for social transformation and development, with guest of honour, Professor Marion Keim of the University of Western Cape calling on Namibian sports stakeholders to act, rather than hold discussions on sporting issues.