BA honours club’s players and legends

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions Black Africa (BA) Sports Club on Saturday hosted a gala dinner in Windhoek where they honoured their current players and other significant figures in the club’s history.

The team recently won the Mobile Telecommunications Limited/NPL 2013/14 season.

Saturday’s event, which was attended by the Red and Black team’s players and supporters, started off with the club’s legends being honoured with trophies for having been there as players or supporters for the past 50 years.

These included Pius Pele Gowaseb, Gimgi Gowanab, Agnes Tjongarero and Ricky Fredricks.

The club also honoured netball players from the A and B teams for winning the 2013 Central Zone Netball League.

In the A team, Juanitha Mosiane won the Players’ Player and Most Dedicated Player Awards, while Keshia Kalomo won the Most Disciplined Player Award. Beytjie Zauana won the award for Most Improved Player, and the award for Player of the Season went to Riana Mutendere.

For the B team, Jolandi Murangi won the award for Most Disciplined Player, while Loryn Muesee won the award for Most Improved Player. Tekla Humavindu scooped three awards on the night as the Players’ Player of the Season, Most Dedicated Player, and Player of the Season.

Former BA football players were also honoured for their role in the team’s record of four NPL trophies won consecutively.

Abongile Grootboom walked away with two awards on the night after winning the Players’ Player and Most Improved Player Awards, while Ananias Gebhardt won the award for being the Most Disciplined Player of the Season. Willy Stephanus overcame challenges from Emilio Martin and Ananias Gebhardt to be crowned BA’s Player of the Season.

BA club chairperson Boni Paulino told the players and supporters during the gala dinner that the 2013/14 season was significant for the club.

“This year we celebrated our 50th anniversary and we won our fourth title on a row. We set a record which will be difficult to match for any other club in the country, and we are the only ones who can break that record again,” Paulino said.

He added that over the four years, the club’s expenses have increased.

“This coming season we need to seriously analyse our shortcomings and plan to work towards improvement, because with success comes high costs and we are now looking at ways to increase our revenue and income as BA.

We are the only club in the country that pays players a full salary, even during the off-season, and we can maintain that if we continue getting support from all our stakeholders,” he said.