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Namibia Chess Federation elects new leadership

by Rodney Pienaar

 The Namibian Chess Federation (NCF) this past Saturday elected a new management team in Windhoek. 

The new NCF management team is expected to run its office tenure until 2021, the newly elected president of the federation Israel Shilongo said at the event. 

Rowen Van Wyk was elected as the vice president; Jonas Iipinge as the treasurer; William Kamberipa as the secretary; Mclean Handjaba as the technical director ; Frementile Kuhanga as the development officer and Frieda Lukas as the  public relations officer. 

Speaking at the occasion the newly appointed president Shilongo emphasized the need to uplift standards of tournaments and leagues for NCF.

“The league has in the past been used as a good preparation for our strong chess players and improvement from the previous years. Since the introduction of different opens, the NCF has committed to cover the whole country and recently added four new towns namely Orandjemund , Katima Mulilo , Luderitz and Opuwo to the already existing towns to allow the NCF to carry out its mandate of chess at all grass root levels in all regions by 2020,” he said. 

He added that following a successful all female tournament during 2017, this year the focus is to expand the number of participants from 50 to a target of 100+ female participants.

 “At the moment one of the challenges that the federation is facing is long term sponsorships and this means that we need to work hard to rebuild relationships with our previous sponsors and ensure that new sponsors come on board,” Shilongo said. 

He also said that the acquisition of office space for the NCF is a need that has to be tackled at the soonest.

He added that publicity and marketing are key areas that will ensure a strong image of chess in Namibia and that people are aware of the federation's work.

Shilongo also announced that Namibia will be hosting the African Youth Chess Championship tournament next year.

“We need to ensure that our teams will do well by giving them the necessary resources to compete rather than just participate as the host country. Much is expected from us and we should be ready,” he said.