Netball in Nambia received a major boost with the launch of the MTC Namibia Netball Premier League in Windhoek on Thursday, 29 April 2021.
According to a release on nambian.com.na, the league forms part of a N$4,8 million sponsorship over three years by MTC with the aim of establishing a professional league that will incorporate all the regions of Namibia.
“It’s a dream come true for the Namibian netball fraternity and we are deeply honoured to get such a wonderful gift from MTC, you have no idea what this means to us,” said Netball Namibia’s Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorships, Rebecca Goagoses.
Goagoses continued as she expressed the country’s desire to produce quality players, “Netball has become more visible with many international tournaments and we want to be part of the high table.
“We want to run like a business and we want to produce the best players to export to countries like Australia and New Zealand.” – Netball Namibia’s Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorships, Rebecca Goagoses
“The more international matches we play the better we will become – we want to run like a business, and we want to produce the best players to export to countries like Australia and New Zealand.”
Tim Ekandjo of MTC said it was a great opportunity for them to invest and grow the sport, “MTC did not come to the rescue of netball, it’s rather netball that came to the rescue of MTC and allowed us to invest in this very important sport code and in the dreams of so many young players.”
A total of 12 teams from various regions will compete in the inaugural league.
The top two teams from the Khomas, Erongo and Otjozondjupa leagues of 2019 have qualified, as well as another six teams that qualified via zonal play-offs held in March 2021.
The teams are Namibia Correctional Services and Tigers from Khomas; Navy and Eleven Arrows from Erongo; Grootfontein and Mighty Gunners from Otjozondjupa; Young Stars and Rebels from Omusati; Rundu Chiefs and Dollar Stars from Kavango East; United 12 from Karas and Golden Girls from Omaheke.
The winning team will receive N$45 000, with the runners-up receiving N$35 000 and the third-placed team N$25 000.
Each team will also receive N$60 000 to cover operational costs like transport and accommodation, while they have also been encouraged to sign contracts and to pay players.
Photo 1 Caption: Netball in Nambia received a major boost with the launch of the MTC Namibia Netball Premier League in Windhoek on Thursday, 29 April 2021. Photo: Nambia Netball Association / Facebook