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NESA selects national players

Fri, 14 July 2017 19:35
by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia Electronic Sports Association (NESA) has taken another step forward and awarded two players with National colours to represent the country at the upcoming FIFA world cup tournament last week.

According to the Treasurer of NESA, Salome de Bruyn these two players will be representing Namibia in international matches against countries such as Ghana and South Africa. “A total of 16 Namibian players qualified for the Finals event. The Finals consisted of a double elimination competition to decide the two best players.

“Medals and National Colors were awarded as approved and supported by the Namibian Sports Commission” she said. She further added that only 14 playNESA selects national players took part in the finals competition and this is the second time in the NESA history that player have been awarded National colours for the grand title in Namibia e- sports. The Villager understand the finals where hosted at the Bauren Stube family restaurant in the capital.

“These athletes represented the best players in the country and the competition was strong at the finals event. The players performed admirably showing good sportsmanship and an outstating performance” De Bruyn said. She added that the finals have attracted a huge crowd and event new comers come to support the players in numbers. First place was awarded to 24-yearold Patrick Matjila and 14-year-old John Walenga came in second place The Villager found.

 “NESA wishes to congratulate these players on their achievement and wishes them all the best of luck in their international matches.

“NESA would like to extend gratitude the Namibian Sports Commission for all their support towards NESA as well as Bauren Stube Family Restaurant for offering the use of their venue free of charge. “NESA also wishes to extend their gratitude to Cash Converters for sponsorship towards the successful hosting of the FIFA National tournament,” de Bryn said. She further added that NESA has approximately 200 active players, however NESA is still expanding and this number is sure to grow exponentially over the next five to ten years.

The Villager understands that the annual budget of the association is approximately N$50 000 for gaming activities and the promotion of e- sport in Namibia and after the establishment of the first local e-sports national team, Desert Sidewinders, where Namibia took on South Africa’s Protea in an online test match at Defence of Ancient two (Dota2), NESA has been hopeful of gradual growth which it hopes will lead to more competitive matches with opponents in Europe and America.

NESA was established and registered with the Namibia Sports Commission in 2010, however electronic sports is a worldwide trend originating from the 1980s.

Casual gaming competitions and events have taken place in Namibia before NESAs establishment which contributed towards the recognition of e-sports as a legitimate sports code in Namibia. Namibia has need hosting its biggest competition, NamLan-LAN since 2018 The Villager learnt.