The advancement of handball

• By Michael Uugwanga

NOT the biggest nor the most popular sport, however this will not stop handball from establishing itself as one of the leading codes in the country, as the Namibia Handball Federation (NHF) will soon form independent regional committees with the aim of developing the sport.

In an interview with Confidente this week, NHF president Issy Nakamwe said the sport will have to start with its development at grassroots level.

“NHF is looking at engaging with schools as handball is now affiliated with the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) of which we are to include primary and secondary schools and tertiary education. At this moment the focus is to develop the game in all 14 regions when and once this is finalised NHF will then look into the training workshops for technical directors and coaches of every region who are to personally train schools in their regions and form clubs to prepare for regional games as well as national competitions.”

Handball currently has 210 affiliated members and four clubs.

The sport code is increasing its footprint partnering with the likes of Coca-Cola Namibia, Namib Mills, Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and the German Embassy.

As a result, the country has been invited to take part in future International Handball Federation (IHF) tournaments.

“In terms of growth handball has proven to being the biggest growing sport in 2022 being in public involvement and the mastering of the game as reflected through our regional development workshops. Unfortunately we are still in a growing stage and we will only be ready next year when handball is fully developed in the country.

“At this moment in time it is safe to say that the northern region has the most prominent players that are showing outstanding skills in the game of handball,” said Nakamwe.

Nakamwe also foresees a bright future for handball, saying that he would want to see the country’s handball team competing at major events such as the Olympic Games.

“In the next five years we would want to see the sport played at regional and national level so that we select a team to represent us at future Olympics,” he said.

About handball

Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team.

A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores more goals wins.