Capricorn Group gives U-19 female team N$120 000 sponsorship

The  Capricorn Group has reaffirmed itself as the primary sponsor for the country’s women’s U-19 by sponsoring N$ 120,000.

The Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs at Capricorn Group, Marlize Horn, announced at a press conference attended by the Executive Director of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Haitengela, who applauded the sponsorship.

The sponsorship could not have come at a better time, with the team currently hosting Zimbabwe’s U-19 ladies in the six-match series that started on Monday.

The six-match series is vital for Namibia, which uses the series to prepare for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women’s World Cup Qualifier tournament hosted in Rwanda in August of this year.

Speaking at the handover that was also witnessed by Cricket Namibia (CN) Johan Muller, Horn said it is a long journey the two entities have been enjoying.

Ironically, Capricorn Group has partnered with Cricket Namibia since 2021, but only for the senior women’s cricket team.

“We at Capricorn group are extending our commitment towards cricket Namibia, by becoming also the official sponsor for U-19 ladies cricket team as an extension of our commitment to the Capricorn Eagles of women senior cricket team. I would like to think back to 2021 when we started with our journey, we started our journey with cricket Namibia and it has been really an amazing journey. This partnership between Cricket Namibia and Capricorn Group we are very proud of our partnership in developing the sport of women cricket and giving equitable opportunity for women and ladies in the sport code. We have invested more than N$1, 4 million in women cricket,” said Horn.

Muller said such sponsorship from Capricorn Group will help the country’s female cricket become a formidable side not only on the continent but globally.

Muller gave an example of some sports codes that are flying the country’s flags thanks to their sponsorship, notably the senior Netball side nicknamed the Desert Jewels that recently won a bronze medal in the Pacific Netball Series, the Junior female Inline Hockey side that won a gold medal at the World Inline Hockey tournament and the Indoor men hockey team that won the Africa Cup.

“If I just look sport at the potential and performance of sport team in the country, the netball team did beat Samoa and will be now be ranked in the top 20 in the World, which is remarkable, We had an Inline hockey that was the World Champion, our Indoor men and female hockey teams have just qualified to the Indoor World Cup, and our men senior cricket team have only returned from the ICC T20 men cricket World Cup,” said Muller.

Haitengela, on the other hand, has said that the Ministry is busy investing in developing sports infrastructures in the country.