Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has come to the rescue of the Rugby Sevens team that will take part in the Safari 7s tournament in Nairobi, Kenya.
The prestigious Safari 7s tournament, which returns after a one-year absence, starts from 9-11 November at the RFUEA Grounds.
The Namibian team comprises of team captain Aurelio Palto, Daniel Bock, Lean Toop, Paulus Hangala, Peter Diergaardt, Dirk de Meyer, Nandivalu Karuuombe, Tuna Amutenya and Carlton Stevens.
NBL announced the sponsorship on Tuesday, a day before the team left for Kenya where 12 teams have confirmed participation.
These are Samurai, Emerging Boks from South Africa, University of Johannesburg, Spain, Uganda, Portugal, Namibia, Wales, Ireland, Apachi 7s, Blue Bulls and Golden Lions.
Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president, Corrie Menshah, said he is excited about the sponsorship which he said came at a time when the union is facing financial constraints.
He added that the union is looking forward to future negotiations that could pave way for a long-term agreement with NBL.
NBL’s Managing Director, Hendrik van der Westhuizen, said the beer marker is open to future sponsorship negotiation with NRU despite its good relation with NRL, a company that has a sour relation with the union.
Van der Westhuizen could, however, not say how much the once-off sponsorship is worth.
“At NBL we are clear that we are here to serve one purpose and that is to enhance lives of people. The current situation in rugby can be sorted out,” van der Westhuizen said.
The Namibia men Sevens team is coached by Leslie Bougard. Ryno Visagie is the team manager and Wayne Damons is the team’s physio.