Muhopi netball club winning titles without playing gear

• By Michael Uugwanga 

MUHOPI Young Heroine Netball Club might not have been playing gears, nor do they have a netball court to train on; however, they are a dominating force when it comes to tournaments.

Formed in 2008, the team is based in Muhopi village, situated some 30 km east of Rundu in the Kavango East Region; they train on a dusty sports ground and have been brushing asides opponents at every competition they have been playing in from 2021 till to date.

Their success is down to the work put in by its technical team, in particular from its coach Emily Ndumba, who continues to push the team to greater heights, and who knows, they might just find themselves playing one day in the MTC/Namibia Netball Premier League, just like Eastern Chiefs. This team hails from that part of the region.

The Young Heroine Netball Club plays in the Kavango East Netball Association and is currently in third place on the log. Last season, they ended with a disappointing seven-place finish and will be looking at going better this time, with winning the title as the primary objective.

Muhopi Young Heroine Netball Club is a team of girls who have defied all odds and have become a formidable team. Regardless of their background, they are victors.  

Since 2021, the team has won numerous tournaments, such as the Rundu Rural Cup tournament in 2021, in 2023 and this year in May.

After that, the team went on to win three successive tournaments, with the latest triumph being in the Sambyu/St Boniface Hausiku Tournament the past weekend in Gove constituency and another St Boniface Hausiku Tournament in Sambyu in June, before taking second place in the Mudukuli Tournament on 30 June.

“The team trains on dusty sports ground and continues to beat the unbeatable teams. The team was assembled in late 2008 and has been in developmental stages. 

“The team has won all the tournaments in Rundu, both rural and nearby. They do not need any introduction as they are the current champions of the Rundu Rural Cup. Although they do not have the best sports gear, that does not stop them from doing their best. 

“We are thrilled by the zeal and hunger of these girls to win games. We are honoured to take a second position at the famous Mudukuli tournament, losing only one game in the tournament to UNAM in the final. It was also our first attempt at Mudukuli. We are very proud of the girls,” said Marcellus Haivera, the team manager, who also happens to be the club’s founder.

Haivera also said that the team needs a good Samaritan in any form for the girl child to reach their dreams of one day becoming a top international player, but that can only be attained through playing in a top-tier netball league.

The players sometimes need to wear the same playing gear, as the old gear they have is not enough, and at times, the players are forced to wear personal T-shirts.

The winner of the Kavango-East Netball Association will join other regional winners from different regions in the MTC/NNPL play-offs.

“For any Samaritan who wants to make a donation of any kind. Neither do the players have sneakers because most of them, their parents cannot afford sneakers. Let us support them because the dream is to see them play at the premier league of Netball Namibia and to join their sister team Eastern Chiefs Netball Club. 

Those willing to assist us can contact 264813843728,” said Haivera.