Club comes to players’ aid
20 May 2020 | Local News
Blue Waters Sport Club handed food parcels to its cricket, netball and soccer team players.
The coastal-based club, which was founded in 1936, distributed 84 parcels valued at N$22 000 to players and coaching officials.
Due to adherence to Covid-19 measures, two representatives from each code were invited to receive and distribute the parcels to respective team members.
The initiative came about after club secretary Tostao Imbili approached two staunch supporters in a bid to assist players. “We are facing a dire situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This triggered management to brainstorm about doing something for the players. Looking at the situation, we saw that our athletes really need food,” Imbili said.
He said that some players do not work and depend solely on the money they receive from the Namibian Premier League (NPL).
“It’s well known that soccer has been dormant for over a year. Due to this, our players do not have any income. Players have nothing to offer their children and family, and this prompted us to act. While it is a small token, we hope they will realise that the club cares.”
Club chairman Matheu Kambala along with staunch supporter Robert Shimooshili, both responded positively to the idea, digging into their own pockets to assist the players.
Shimooshili encouraged the players to not lose hope and called on supporters to take hands in keeping the players motivated.
“For now, we need to share the resources at our disposal with the players who are club assets. They need to keep and maintain their discipline. The virus will be under control and a thing of the past one of these days. Sporting activities will resume and players will be able to earn a living again.”
Blue Waters Cricket Club coach Justice Hangula said the donation means a lot to players, especially those based in Kuisebmond.
“All coaches and athletes have been affected. Many people do not have an income, while some were required to stop doing business. This really came as a surprise and we are all thankful for the gesture.”