Retired footballer and current Mayor of Okahandja Municipality, Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou, has called on all the sport coaches and team coordinators to assist athletes from the Garden Town to achieve their dreams.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer, Hindjou said that sports development is tremendously important and plays a crucial role in the lives of young people.
He said sports is an outlet for youthful energies and goes a long way towards keeping young people away from alcohol and drugs, adding that by training and helping players develop their skills, those working in sports will build a stronger Namibia and help the codes thrive.
The former Brave Warriors captain said football matches and sporting events can create employment and professional sports teams can provide income for the players.
“We have been talking to the organisers of the football leagues for Under 18 and 20 to urge them to keep the players active and off the streets. We are trying to assist Spoilers FC and Military School Okahandja FC that are both playing in the first division to go to NPL,” Hindjou said.
Okahandja has produced a number of exceptional players over the years, providing a supply chain of talent to the country’s top clubs such as African Stars, Orlando Pirates, Black Africa and Tigers.
The town has groomed the likes of Richard Gariseb, Erastus Gariseb, and Bimbo Tjihero.
Hindjou also expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of football stadiums due to the water scarcity being experienced in the town.
“The pitches are not in good condition because we have not been watering the grass. The stadiums need to be renovated and we have no choice, but to wait for the rain before the grass can grow again.
“Okahandja Town is also aiming to upgrade the stadiums and improve the infrastructure. We are also aiming at bringing in new sports codes like volleyball, tennis and basketball to the town,’ Hindjou said.
Some of the sport activities that have taken place in Okahandja since Hinjou’s mayoral election last year include the mayoral tournament that was sponsored by Fritzonia Transport to the tune of N$60,000.
More than 40 football teams and 20 netball teams participated in the tournament.
The town council also handed over N$5 000 and the local business community contributed an extra N$15,000 to Namibian marathon runner Mynhardt Kaunivi as a gesture of support for a member of the Okahandja community who went to represent Namibia at the Rio Olympics.