Lack of sports facilities makes development difficult: Hei

02 Dec 2018 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia’s lack of sports facilities makes it difficult to develop top quality athletes, African Stars Football Club executive director Salomo Hei has said.
He was speaking at a media conference at Football House on Friday following his club’s arrival from Comoros, where they participated in the first leg of the 2018/19 Confederation of African Football Champions League.
“In Comoros we were supposed to train at their national stadium, but it was already booked for something else so they gave us another venue to use which was of as good a standard as the main pitch,” he said.
Hei further questioned the rationale behind hosting a sports expo, proposing that Government could instead focus on refurbishing existing dilapidated structures or build new ones.
Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni has been leading the call for hosting a sports expo and recently announced a committee that will oversee the preparations for the event, envisaged to be held in September 2019.
Hei referred to the Independence Arena and Independence Stadium, which he said are in a deplorable state.
“Our experience in Comoros says we are not taking our sports seriously. Why do our rural areas, which are the main suppliers of developmental players, not having these sports facilities? Where does the feeding system of these developmental areas come from?”
Hei also said facilities in Namibia can be utilised better, similar to what Comoros does, which in turn will create employment.
His views were echoed by club coach Robert Nauseb, who said the people of Comoros take care of their fields.
“They surprised me by refusing my boys to train with aluminium studded boots. Their explanation was that they do not want to destroy their pitch. And all along I thought those were just football boots like any,” Nauseb said.
African Stars played to a 0-0 draw with Volcan Club de Moroni of Comoros in the first leg of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League, with the return leg of the preliminary rounds taking place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on 04 December 2018.