Retired footballer, Cascas Angula, has called on both the Government and the corporate world to re-introduce school football leagues in all the regions to ensure continuity at junior national teams.
Angula has commended Old Mutual Namibia for the annual football and netball championship to be competed in by schools in the far northern regions, hence the name ‘Old Mutual Far North Championship’.
He told The Villager Sport that infrastructure development is of utmost importance and that lack of facilities in the regions should not stop companies like Old Mutual to invest in sports development in other regions as well.
“I am telling you that most of my generation was exposed at a tender age when school leagues were up and running. I really do not see any future in Namibian football if we do not have an active school league,” stressed Angula.
He added that Namibia will not reap any fruits if development at the grassroot level is a non-starter.
“You know that a healthy mind houses a healthy body. It is the responsibility of both the NFA and the NSSU to ensure that leagues are up and running,” said the former striker.
Angula added that instead of the annual Old Mutual Championship, it is only fair to introduce the leagues that would run for the whole year and eventually have the best teams competing against each other in the finals.
Angula who retired from football in 2002 featured for the Brave Warriors for over eight times including standing in as a substitute.
In the Old Mutual championship coming up at the North, the winners in the entire competition will be presented with a floating trophy, photocopier and complete netball gears while the runners-up will be N$5000 richer and will receive sport equipment while third placed winners will also get sport equipment.
Top players will get individual trophies and prize monies for their troubles while the regional winners from the four regions will get N$3000, N$2000 and N$1000, respectively.