RUNDU, 17 MAY – The chairperson of the Kavango East Second Division, Rudolph Haingura has called on the region’s leadership to get serious about sport – the Werengendje Cup in particular.
The tournament was initiated by the office of Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo and involves teams from all six constituencies.
The second edition of the Werengendje Cup is slated for August this year.
Speaking here recently, Haingura said in order for the region to prepare for competitions such as the Youth Games that ended recently in Windhoek, the leadership of the region – from the regional council to the town councils – should become more serious about sport.
Haingura explained that ‘Werengendje’ has become the region’s motto and has thus also been adopted by the youth in Kavango East as their motto.
The word means termite and is also used for an agriculture programme aimed at making Kavango East inhabitants self-sufficient.
“I am asking our leadership structures, including the Rundu Town Council, to help the youth in achieving their goals,” Haingura said.
He added that once the leadership becomes serious about sport, it will help the youth become fit to compete against other regions at sport competitions, which would in turn help Kavango East reach its objective of becoming a competitive force during national events.
The chairperson suggested that leaders and the business community collaborate and help out by, amongst others, sponsoring events or donating sport equipment because some of the young athletes cannot afford sport gear.
“We are asking the business community to come on board,” Haingura said.
He further explained that the format of the Werengendje Cup will change this year as besides football and netball, participants will also compete in sports codes such as athletics and boxing.
The tournament will be used by regional sports organisers to select teams that will represent Kavango East during national events.