Netball Promises to Rise From the Ashes

Netball Namibia, formerly known as the All Namibia Netball Association, has promised to rise from the ashes and return to its erstwhile position of sports prominence in the country, following the election of its new leadership for the next five years at the coast on Saturday.

Former secretary general of Netball Namibia Lydia Mutenda was elected president, replacing Lydia Kandetu, who served for one five-year term.

The new executive committee also has Alvira Johr as vice president marketing, Isadore Nell is the vice president development, and the secretary general is Imelda Nerongo. The technical director is Abraham Nandjigwa, the treasurer is Desiree Cloete and the public relations officer is Rebekka Goagoses.

In her acceptance speech, Mutenda pledged to represent the organisation with the utmost transparency and boldness.

She commended her predecessor Kandetu for her mentorship role and for laying a solid foundation for netball in Namibia.

Mutenda called on her fellow administrators to embrace one another in order to protect netball’s reputation, which has been built over the last 23 years.

“We must commit ourselves to making netball the preferred sporting code for women. Let us stand together and hold hands and walk into the future as a united force and together overcome all challenges and obstacles in our way,” Mutenda said.

The newly elected president also said they had been given a unique opportunity to turn netball into a centrepiece of women’s sport in the country.

Amongst other targets set for themselves in the next five years, Mutenda said her executive committee will study the possibility of strengthening the code’s local and regional structures, establish and maintain regional leagues and hold regular netball competitions.

She added that the prioritisation of regional netball development was of utmost importance so that there is a pool of players ready to serve at national level, which will result in the gradual competitive improvement of the national team on the world stage.

Netball Namibia said it would approach key stakeholders such as the Namibia Sports Commission, Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, the University of Namibia, Namibia Women in Sport Association, Namibia Schools Sport Union, Namibia National Olympic Committee, and the Red Cross Society to assist with the development of netball administrators, players, umpires and coaches at regional and national levels.

Other targets that the new committee set themselves are the rebranding of Netball Namibia, staging quality netball events, fundraising and exposure, and greater recognition through the publication and promotion of planned events.

Of immediate importance for the newly elected committee is to select a team and raise funds in order to compete in the World Cup qualifying games scheduled to take place in Botswana from 13 to 20 September.

The World Cup is set to take place in Sydney, Australia from 7 to 16 August 2015.

Namibia is in the African group of the qualifiers along with Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Only the top two teams will qualify to compete at the World Cup.

After a long absence from the World Cup, Namibia’s netball hierarchy say they will go all out to ensure the country’s presence in Australia, and therefore invite the support of the entire nation in order to achieve the noble cause of once again being a force in international netball.

Source : The Namibian