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36 SPORT … Downsizing

36 SPORT … Downsizing the league, the only alternative for progress Friday, March 9 2018| NEW ERA Skeleton sports budget could have Even a fool this decision has serious consequences it has hopelessly - dard and ulti- … Don’t kill goose that lays golden eggs So, the national budget has been tabled and as widely anticipated, it was received with mixed emotions by the affected citizens. If this is allowed to happen unchallenged, then this will inevitably trigger a chain of subsequent undesirable events just – just as you knock over one domino, this will topple the next one and go on and on in the same pattern. The extremely worrisome or rather laughable yearly budget allocated to the sports portfolio ministry is a serious cause of concern, to say the least. Authorities need to draw a line between when there is a continuum, such as that between the stinking rich and extremely poor citizens of the nation. The line ministry has been allocated N8 million for the which is a N million budget cut when compared to the N5 million the ministry received in the It’s now a well-documented open secret that sport has for donkey’s years been systematically placed right at the bottom of our government’s list of priorities but alas, sport is not only a game of playing football, rugby, cricket, athletics or trading boxing gloves in the ring – sport is without an iota of doubt more than what genuinely meets the eye. Let us carefully take a thorough look and analyse the implications of a skeleton sports budget and the dire consequences thereof. Sport has proven time and again that it can be used as the most essential vehicle for reconciliation as it unites divided nationals despite their political allegiances and religious beliefs. Sport provides various job and academic opportunities for excelling athletes – the likes of Frank football in the Fredericks, Jacques Burger, Agnes Samaria, Julies Indongo and Colin Benjamin are living testimonies to the argument put forward here. Our senior national football team is excelling beyond expectations on the international stage simply because they are decent funding from the Namibian government as opposed to other sports codes, notwithstanding the naked reality that junior teams are participate internationally because of serial budget constraints. Now, the fundamental question that needs to be raised is who’s going to sustain the Brave Warriors’ commendable uprising in world football if the youth structures are gravely neglected, just because wondering. In the same breath, government has been very vocal about poverty eradication but how are we going to achieve that if the youth, the future of tomorrow, are left to fend for themselves? It should be noted that sport does not only offer physical competitiveness amongst the youth but young people engage vigorously in various sporting disciplines as a sense of belonging, while trying to keep a healthy distance from the evils of society. There has been some really and counter-arguments of late over the eyesore empty stands at football matches in the country’s Premiership (NPL). For starters, the quality of football is hopelessly sub-standard and this can be attributed to the large number of teams campaigning in league urgently needs personalities, something which is lacking big time amongst the current crop of footballers campaigning in the NPL. Back in the day each and every single football club in the business had one or two great footballers possessing the ability and talent that attracted fans through the turnstiles. Cuca Tops had Paul Kandere, Young Ones had Lance Willemse, Hungry Lions had Foresta Nicodemus, and so on, and on. These are just the so-called small teams apart from the big guns who were laden with talent. Just a few seasons ago, African Stars would attract masses to their matches just because of the presence of both Querra Jacobs and Rudi Louw. Apart from Dynamo Fredericks, Image Isaaks, Petrus Shitembi, Benjamin Nekavu, Christian “Namarob” Doeseb and a few others, which players are out there to dish out attractive football that would lure fans to the stadiums? I rest my case. request for expression of interest EOI NO: NPM04/2017-2018 Resource POOL Background: The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) is a Public Enterprise established by act of Parliament (Act. No. 10 of 2010). NIPAM’s mission is to transform the Public Sector of Namibia into an efficient, effective and accountable system through training, operational research, capacity evaluation and consultancy. 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Friday, March 9 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 37 OSHANA REGIONAL COUNCIL PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS REQUEST FOR SUBMISSION OF COMPANY PROFILES FOR PROVISION OF GOODS, WORKS AND SERVICES TO OSHANA REGIONAL COUNCIL Gunning for glory… UNAM Rugby Club wants to maintain its strong grip on the league title when the 2018 season gets underway tomorrow. Photo: Nampa UNAM Rugby vows to continue with dominance WINDHOEK The University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club have vowed to continue dominance in the local league when the 2018 rugby season kicks off tomorrow. The university team has won the Namibian club rugby Premier League title three years in a row and is also, currently, the only club in the league that has not lost a game in its last 32 encounters. title in 2015. UNAM Rugby Club head coach, Johan Diergaardt, said his team has to prepare very well for their opponents who will come down hard on them throughout the season. “This weekend, we are facing Western Suburbs and we know it’s not going to be an easy game. Suburbs will come down hard on us, but we had good pre-season training, which I believe will help us on Saturday,” he said. Diergaardt also said they want to continue taking the club to greater heights and hopefully, win their fourth premiership title. “I know as a team we have won 32 games in a row, but I keep telling the players we still have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to maintain our record and if the players also want to be competitive like those who play in South Africa and elsewhere,” he said. The coach added that he has improved his squad with a lot of young players and their goal going into this weekend’s league opener is to improve their winning streak to 33 games in a row. “We have signed more players to beef up our squad and I hope the team will continue doing what we did last season. I know Suburbs will come out guns blazing but we have prepared well to get results and put smiles on our fans’ faces,” he said. – Nampa 1. PURPOSE GOODS WORKS CONSULTANCY SERVICES NON CONSULTANCY SERVICES 2018

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