08 Dec 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) side Tura Magic on Friday received a timely boost on the eve of their clash with Life Fighters when a local shop donated 20 footballs to them.
The donation took place at Dinos Fashion Shop and will see Magic receive 20 more footballs in the second half of the season in a deal that is set to continue for the next two years.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Magics public relations officer and marketing manager, Jonathan Murumendu said this is a timely boost for his club who have been struggling with training footballs.
It allows the coach and the players to train effectively and efficiently. In general we are grateful to all the companies that are sponsoring football teams in Namibia as this helps raise the standard of the game, he said.
Dinos shop owner, Zeckaria Halim said he made the donation because of his love for football as he played professional football back home before coming to Namibia.
I watched them a few years back and I noticed that they needed to be dressed properly. I am working on getting them a kit when the economy gets better. I hope this gesture will inspire them to play better and improve their lives, Halim said.
He added that many football players support his shop, hence his decision to thank one team in the NPL.
In terms of the standard of play, he said Namibian teams must test their mettle against other African teams in order to gain experience and help the national team perform better.
Tura Magic coach Mohamed Mohammed Gargo welcomed the donation, saying training will now be effective for his team, and he hopes the players will see this as a motivation to play well and attract more sponsors.
We will be playing Life Fighters on Saturday and I hope the boys use this donation as a springboard to win the game, he said.
Of late Namibian football has been receiving favourable attention from the corporate world, with African Stars getting over N.dollars 250 000 from various local companies for their participation in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.