Football need supporters in large numbers: Rukoro

WINDHOEK: Football clubs need to organise themselves and bring in more supporters to stadiums, the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Secretary-General (SG) Barry Rukoro said on Monday.

He made the statement during the awards’ ceremony for the 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup, which concluded on 07 June this year.

“This year, the Bidvest Namibia Cup was big and better because they are delivering on what they promised us when we signed the contract a year ago.

But one big problem is that supporters are not coming in (large) numbers, and this does not show a good picture to the sponsors,” he said.

Rukoro noted that in order to get more Cup competitions from different sponsors, clubs and supporters should work out a joint strategy on getting more fans to the stadiums.

“I will thank the African Stars supporters who always come out in (large) numbers to support their team, but a lot could still be done by Stars and other clubs.

Mobilization is needed on the ground because if we fill the stadiums to the maximum, other companies would want to sponsor football events in the country,” stated the SG.

Bidvest Namibia Commercial and Business Development Director Theo Mberirua echoed similar sentiments, saying the media, coaches, referees and players did their part during the competition, but some games were affected by poor support.

“Going forward, teams must bring their supporters to the stadiums, and this will at least justify our sponsorship and give us more ammunition to invest,” he added.