Cossasa ball game team off to Zimbabwe (The Namibia Press Agency)

The Namibian team for the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA) Ball Games will depart for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Tuesday here.

The Cossasa Ball Games is an annual event on the calendar of Southern African Development Community (SADC) schools.

Five countries will compete this year in basketball, netball, football, tennis, rugby sevens and volleyball. They are Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

South Africa will not take part because it does not have a school sports union.

The event caters for boys’ and girls’ aged under-13 to U-17.

Meanwhile Zambia will not be partaking in these years after hosting it last year.

The Namibian team of 194 athletes and officials will depart on Tuesday morning.

Speaking at the teams sending off ceremony held in the capital on Tuesday at Independence Stadium, sports commissioner at the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Services, Ndeulipula Hamutumwa called on athletes to represent the country with pride as good ambassadors.

Representing Namibia starts from the youth games and I am calling on you to be disciplined, because every great athlete in the world is first disciplined before hard work.

I want you to be good ambassadors of the country just like the likes of Frank Fredericks and Johanna Benson who made this country proud before have done, he said.

He further called on the corporate world to start funding sports in the country if we are to become a sporting nation.

The Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) is supporting governments philosophy of no one should be left out as they have called up athletes from all over the country to represent us at the Ball Games this year.

I am therefore calling on the corporate world to start coming on board and sponsors school sports events that can keep this children’s busy throughout the year and improve their performance when participating at international events, stated Hamutumwa.

At the same occasion it was also mentioned that Namibia will be hosting the Cossasa athletic games in 2016 in Swakopmund.

At last year’s Ball Games in Zambia, Namibia ended third with three gold’s, four silvers and five bronze medals.