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Sport development key: Nel

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Sports development is key to success, Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) president Marc Nel has said.He was speaking during a courtesy tour to Standard Bank Namibia, where the victorious Women’s Indoor Hockey Team presented the Indoor Africa Hockey Cup to the …

Sports development is key to success, Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) president Marc Nel has said.

He was speaking during a courtesy tour to Standard Bank Namibia, where the victorious Women’s Indoor Hockey Team presented the Indoor Africa Hockey Cup to the bank’s executives.

“Hockey is an amateur sport and does not get any funding from our mother body (International Hockey Federation). We depend on corporates like you to develop the players,” Nel said.

He added that between 1992 and 2002, Standard Bank Namibia sponsored the NHU Development Programme and the current captain of the winning women’s team, Magreth Mengo was part of that programme.

Mengo is also Head of Marketing and Communications at Standard Bank.

Nel said by investing in sports, corporate Namibia will not only be supporting athletes but will also be helping in developing future leaders.

“Today Standard Bank Namibia should be proud that one of their own not only represented this institution well, but she also represented the country well at the tournament,” he said.

His views were echoed by the outgoing Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia Vetumbuavi Mungunda, who said negotiations are underway to revive the programme.

“It is very difficult to understand where the talent comes from in Namibia, for us to be able to beat South Africa with its much bigger economy and a much bigger pool of players speaks volume of the leadership of NHU,” he said.

He paid tribute to the team and wished them luck in the upcoming world cup, saying they are still interested in reviving the developmental programme with NHU.

Standard Bank is co-sponsors of the NHU, whose women’s indoor team recently won the continental title, thereby qualifying for the 2022 Indoor World Cup in Belgium.

They beat hosts South Africa 2-0 in the final match of the Women's Indoor Africa Cup in Durban on 18 April.

Standard Bank sponsored the team with N.dollars 250 000 to participate in the tournament.

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana are the three countries that participated in the tournament.

Source: Namibia Press Agency