Dire need for facilities

26 June 2019 | Sports

There is a lack of proper sporting facilities in Kavango West, a situation which negatively affects thousands of young people who have an interest in various sports codes.

Currently, all sporting activities take place on sandy fields, making it difficult for youth to reach their full potential.

The sports ministry has since 2015 mooted the construction a multi-purpose sports complex at Nkurenkuru.

However, this project has not materialised yet, despite the Nkurenkuru town council having donated 21 hectares of land.

During her 2019 State of the Region Address (Sora) Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku expressed her disappointment.

“During the period under review, the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service had one project - the construction of the Nkurenkuru Multi-Purpose Youth Resource Centre. As reported last year, the region is disappointed that no activity took place, regardless of the budgetary provision that was allocated. We demand that the ministry implement this project without further delay. We also take note that this project is again budgeted for in the current financial year,” Ausiku said.

This was also discussed when sports ministry executive director Emma Kantema-Gaomas visited Nkurenkuru.

During that meeting Kavango West regional sports committee chairperson Egidius Mangundu Nambara left no stone unturned as he shared with Kantema-Gaomas the challenges they endure in terms of keeping sport alive in the region.

Nambara said there is need to at least construct a proper multi-purpose sports complex that can cater for all sports codes in Kavango West.

“The youth of Kavango West are crying daily for proper sports facilities in the region and it is time that their cries are answered,” Nambara said. Nambara said due to the absence of proper sports facilities, it makes it difficult for talented youth in the region to be noticed and groomed properly.

“Having proper sports facilities would help unearth the hidden talent in the region, and as a result, the region will then be able to produce more soccer players, athletes, netball players, boxers and many others, who can represent Namibia at international level,” Nambara said.

“We are appealing to the ministry to at least source for funds from donors and sympathisers for the construction of the much-needed sports complex or at least for the construction of a temporary one, while we wait for the main facility.”

Ewi lyaNooli understands that N$5 million has been allocated for phase one of the development.

However, it is still unclear when this project will materialise.

Nambara also talked about the lack of a sports officer for Kavango West. The post has been vacant for about four years.

He said this has resulted in the region missing out on many issues relating to sport, as there is no one to coordinate.

“The region does not have a sport officer and the post has been vacant for almost four years now, while other regions have more than one sport officer,” Nambara added.


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