Rundu social league aims to revive quality football
31 March 2021 | Sports
The Rundu Social League (RSL) told Ewi lyaNooli say the league emanated from Sunday football matches at various football fields where players and teams would organise themselves to play against one another. He says the idea was raised to establish a league that is more organised for teams to partake in.
Rundu footballers are working to revive the sport of football to equal the quality of the game as it was played at the riverside town back in the day.
Mario Kandjimi of the Rundu Social League (RSL) told Ewi lyaNooli in an interview that the league emanated from Sunday football matches at various football fields where players and teams would organise themselves to play against one another.
He says the idea was raised to establish a league that is more organised for teams to partake in.
“The guys would get together and play after church. We then thought why not go further and get more guys involved. That is how we started with the social league,” Kandjimi said.
Kandjimi said that ten teams are currently playing for the RSL.
The matches are played on Sundays at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
In regards to the sponsoring of the RSL, Kandjimi said that the league has no official sponsor currently and receive support from individuals and companies who prefer to remain anonymous.
“The league is looking into giving back as much as it has received from the community and we have decided the league will have prices but we are yet to disclose them,” he said.
Kandjimi said that sponsorship and marketing of the league are two major challenges.
“Finding sponsorship that fits our vision, goals and objectives has been troublesome. Marketing has also been very challenging. When the league changed venue, it was very challenging to get the message across fast enough for the public to readjust,” he said.
Kandjimi said Rundu is passionate and loves football - therefore the good response they have received was expected.
“Football is the world’s most loved and watched sport and impacts a lot of people. The league and soccer, in general, has engaged people of all age groups running and exercising,” Kandjimi explained.
“The youth now have a place they can come and raise their confidence, morals and competitiveness through sports rather than engage in violent and drug-related activities. The public can come together and develop good sportsmanship which leads to individuals having self-awareness and believing in themselves and their abilities.”