Geingob stadium renovated

Rugby players are excited as they will be playing at a new and improved stadium.

30 April 2018 | Sports

Namibia's national rugby stadium, the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, has been refurbished, courtesy of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL).

NBL managing director Wessie van der Westhuizen officially handed over the revamped stadium to the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) on Thursday.

“NBL's history with this much-loved sport that unites people from all over the world spans over many years,” Van der Westhuizen said.

“Through our premium beer brand Windhoek Draught, we have supported the Namibian national rugby team for the past few years, including their preparation and participation in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“As a proudly Namibian company, we are committed to build Namibian rugby by bringing spectators through the turnstiles and filling up stadiums, restoring the pride and passion for Namibian rugby.”

NBL believes that the development will instil confidence in the game and attract further private-sector investment in local rugby.

“As a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group driven by its Purpose of 'Creating a Future; Enhancing Life', our decision to get involved as the main sponsor of Namibian rugby was in service of our Purpose.

“Sport, and in this case rugby, has the ability to unite people, to share collective passions and to create amazing experiences with lasting impact.”

It also provides the opportunity to Namibian rugby players to compete in the Super Sport Challenge, Currie Cup and African Cup competitions was creating a future for the sport while enhancing the lives of those who participated, he added.

The chairman of Namibia Rugby, Bradley Basson, said the revamped stadium and the initiative by NBL meant a lot to Namibian rugby.

“This gesture sends the right message. It shows support and commitment. “If one looks at the new colourful, rebranded stadium, it brings life to this home of Namibian rugby. This will encourage local supporters, not only those interested in the sport, but every Namibian, to appreciate and support sport in Namibia,” Basson said.

The captain of the national rugby team, Rohan Kitshoff, expressed excitement over the revived Hage Geingob Stadium.

“As a player, when you now walk into the stadium, you cannot help but feel proud and feel a sense of excitement and 'gees' about the transformation taking place,” Kitshoff said.

-Additional info by NBL


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