Windhoek — Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, yesterday joined the chorus in urging the general public and the business community to come out en mass to support local boxers at this Saturday's fundraising gala dinner at the Windhoek Country Club.
Ekandjo stressed the importance of Namibia hosting Paulus Ambunda's bantamweight world title bout against Thailand's Punglaung Sor Singyu on the 2nd of next month at the Ramatex factory in Windhoek. Ekandjo billed the scheduled fight an historic one, which will help to place the country on the international sporting map. Ekandjo's appeal was directed mainly towards business owners, saying the gala dinner is a good way for them to plough back into the community and to empower their fellow citizens.
"Let us all go out in big numbers and support our fellow countryman to achieve his goal of doing his country proud. These young athletes are really working hard to put our country on the map, but they sometimes lack the necessary support. That's why we, as a nation, are needed in this regard and I'm sure whatever financial contribution you make on that night will make a huge difference," said Ekandjo.
Promoter Nestor Tobias also urged local boxing fans to keep participating in the nationwide 'Win a Car' SMS competition, which aims to raise enough funds for Ambunda's upcoming World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world title fight. Tobias said the SMS competition already kicked off last month and has so far only raised about N$200 000.
About N$4.2 million is needed to host the historic fight, but Tobias oozed confidence saying that with the full support of all Namibians at the gala dinner and the 'Win a Car' SMS competition, Ambunda will definitely fight for a world title on home soil for the first time.
In the 'Win a Car' SMS competition, all that is required from boxing fans and anyone who fancies an opportunity to walk away with a brand new Suzuki Swift sedan vehicle, is to SMS the word 'The Rock' to the number 66722. Each SMS costs N$5.