RUNDU, 10 MAY – The Kavango East under-19 netballers who won The Namibian Newspaper Cup netball competition in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region last month, were on Tuesday rewarded with certificates and cash prizes.
The players received N.dollars 500 each during a gala dinner held in their honour before their departure to Windhoek on Wednesday for participation in the National Youth Games that started on Thursday.
They beat Erongo Region in the final and became the first-ever winners of the netball tournament that was introduced this year to complement the football competition that has been running since 2001.
The region’s under-20 footballers who ended second after falling to Omaheke in the final, were also given certificates and N.dollars 350 each.
Kavango East Regional Governor, Ambassador Samuel Mbambo told the gathering the girls did the region proud.
“When the history of The Namibian Newspaper Cup will be written, our region will be known as the region that won the first netball cup in 2018 when it was introduced for the first time,” he beamed.
The governor also congratulated the football team for coming second at the tournament.
“We thank them for their commitment and their dedication.”
Furthermore, Mbambo said sports in developed countries have become big industries, creating jobs especially for young people and enabling them to earn money.
He said the country has a big dream – a dream called Vision 2030 – in which the country envisages to be on par with developed countries.
“I am of the opinion that sport should not be left behind by the time we arrive there.”
Officials and sponsors of the two teams were also recognised with certificates of appreciation.