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05 June 2015

The recent gesture by Cabinet to reward the conquering Brave Warriors with N$1.2 million should be commended by any right thinking member of our society.

It is an open secret that President Hage Geingob is a sport enthusiast. His love for sports is well documented, and it is befitting that his Government rewarded the boys handsomely.

We hope that the boys will be motivated to do even more after the highest authority in the land showed his love and appreciation for their efforts.

For so long the Brave Warriors have been an embarrassment to the nation with their poor results on the field of play to the extent  that winning the less prestigious Cosafa Cup was greeted with delirious celebrations across the country.

Watching the celebrations, one would have been forgiven for thinking that the Brave Warriors had won the Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

But that is the power of football, described by the legendary Pele as the beautiful game. Football has the power to unite a nation, no wonder it is the number one sport in the world.

No one gave the boys any chance of progressing to the next round of the Cosafa Cup, let alone winning the tournament, after they were held to a goalless draw by lowly ranked Seychelles in the opening match of the tournament.

But credit to the boys and the coach, they defied the odds and went on to win the tournament.

One hopes that the Brave Warriors will not collapse under the weight of expectations brought about by winning the Cosafa Cup.

There is renewed faith and belief in the team that some people now think that the national team can easily qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals or the World Cup, but that is the price that the Brave Warriors have to pay for their success in the Cosafa Cup.

The way the Brave Warriors have been treated as heroes will hopefully inspire them to do even bigger things as the whole country, and crucially, government, is behind them.

We hope to see corporate sponsors lining up in support of the team and the sport in general as this will definitely improve the level of football in the country which until now has been played at an amateur level.

The boys should use their new found riches wisely. Most of them have never been paid N$75,000 before and it is important that they use this money prudently  and not on beer and women.



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