Khomas awards netball team

11 Sep 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Khomas Netball Region has rewarded the players who led the region to the 2017 and 2018 Debmarine Senior Regional Netball Championship trophy.
The players and the technical team’s reward is 45 per cent of the N.dollars 30 000 prize money.
Speaking at the reward ceremony in Windhoek on Tuesday, Secretary General of Khomas Netball Region, Connie Samaria said as new executive which took over management this year, they decided to let the players share in the winnings.
“The previous executive unfortunately did not reward the players for their efforts. As the new executive, we want to celebrate you and show our appreciation for your achievements,” Samaria said.
He added that they hoped the gesture would help motivate the players to win the trophy for the third time next year.
“Netball is a sport that people should do because they love it, but there should also be some kind of incentive for the players. The decision was therefore made that we plough back 45 per cent so that we motivate and appreciate you,” Samaria said.
He however did not reveal how much each player received.
Meanwhile, Samaria took time to react to a statement made by Director of Disability Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service, Jo-Anne Manuel at the prize-giving ceremony of the Debmarine Senior Regional Netball Championship trophy.
Manuel, who spoke in her capacity as director said it was unacceptable for Khomas to always win.
“Khomas is a region just like any other region in Namibia, hence I call on other regions to beat Khomas in the next tournament.”
Samaria responded by saying it was not the Khomas Region’s fault that they were better organised than other regions with over 30 teams registered and participating in the premier, first and second division.
“I do not know when the time will come when we will be treated like any other region of this country. It takes a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication from both the side of the clubs, players and the management to ensure that the region remains active,” he said.
Samaria added that they however appreciate that the intent of the comment was to encourage other regions to be competitive and challenge for honours next year.