Sports Grounds Inaugurated in Namibia

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A year after its ground breaking ceremony, the joint project “School Sport in Ohangwena and Khomas Region had its official inauguration of the sports fields last week at the Ongha Senior Secondary School, in Ohangwena Region.

Focusing on the development and rehabilitation of sports fields and the promotion of life skills through sports , the prestigious event marked the final construction and handing over of 45 Sports grounds for 15 cluster schools and one vocational institute, with over 85 000 expected to have access to the facilities, including learners and youth.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Agnes Tjongarero applauded the partners for the facilities that have arrived at the right time.

“Thousands of young people can now use modern facilities to polish their talents and see how far they can go with it, in the industry of endless possibilities. Sport gives us incredibly important lessons about life. It teaches us about the joy of triumph, but also about learning to be resilient when we lose, and to lose with grace”, Tjongarero said.

“The project here in the north is an important pillar as it will help grow the game and motivate even those who think they might not be able to participate” said Juerg Nepfer, head of Education and Technical Department at FIFA.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Christian Matthias Schlaga said sports plays an important role in our lives, mostly because it is an element through which different matters beyond football can be taught.

“Sports has potential, but potential on its own means nothing if those who can make use of it are absent” he said.

Schlaga comments were echoed by NFA President Frans Mbidi: As a football association, we are pleased to be involved in this monumental project that will surely change the lives of many young people in our country.

Sports development is our collective goal to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport. Within this framework sport should be practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, that is with mutual understanding, in friendship, in solidarity and fair-play”.

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti encouraged the learners to efficiently utilize the pitches making an example of national team players such as Willem Mwedihanga, Benson Shilongo, Absalom Iimbondi as well as Benjamin Nenkavu to mention a few, to show that there is no excuse why any of them cannot make it to national or even international level, provided they put what he called “the right attitude” to work.