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NPBF struggles to nationalise

Mon, 31 October 2016 16:18
by Rodney Pienaar

Delays by the Namibian Sports Commission to register pool as a national sport code are negatively affecting the Namibian Pool and Billiard Federation (NPBF) President efforts to promote the sport country wide Cyril Moller the federation’s president has said.
 “Pool and billiard have never been recognized or affiliated with the Namibia Sports Commission (and) hence (are) not receiving any monies from the sports commission.  It is the first time in Namibia’s history that a governing body for pool and billiard was established to govern pool and the development there-off. With this all, we are standing on the brink to be affiliated with the All Africa Pool Association,” Moller said.
The Federation has started with two teams and currently has seven teams across the country with 98 members who are all male, and is still growing.
The teams are participating in the Namibia National Pool League (NNPL) introduced earlier this year.
The teams are competing against each other in home and away games with each playing with eight players.
The World Pool and Billiard Association (WPBA) has currently  21 African member states of which it has governing bodies affiliated from all six continents.
The NPBF application to become a member will be discussed at the WPBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held in Uganda on the 3rd and 4th November 2016, The Villager found.
Funds and sponsors to host league games and competitions is the only challenges the NPBF is currently facing as Namibia Pool and Snookers Warehouse has been sponsoring most of the competitions held thus far.
“Companies are not very eager to sponsor and till now it is only Namibia Pool and Snooker Warehouse that usually sponsors some prices to the NPBF since 2014. The only challenge at this moment is sponsorship in reference to financial assistance. We are currently generating our own capital during the year to be able to contribute to the Namibia Champ of Champs events’ prizes and so far we have managed to make it a success on a tiny budget,” Moller said.
He further noted that teams are also struggling to get sponsors and 90% of the time and they also generate their own capital saying that “as the sports code is growing everyday members and supporters are giving more and more to make these events possible.”
One of the oldest players Johan Lawrence has been playing in pool competitions since 1985 and explained that pool as a sport code is a sport of strategy and there is a need to introduce it in schools.
“Pool helps to keep a person focused. Concentrating ability is getting strong as the sport code is a game of strategy. It is not only a sport code but also a manner in which young stars can socialise and communicate. Over the years I have seen players come and go as the sport of pool has been growing slowly and later taken on as a recreational sport. While it is okay that it is also part of recreation, pool is a sport that needs to be recognised in the country. I am very certain that I will see the day where Namibia will be hosting big international tournaments,” Lawrence said.