Hefty boost for the Welwitschias
At the signing ceremony FNB CEO Sarel van Zyl said that at the request of the Patron of Namibia Rugby, Dr. Geingob, FNB agreed to help the team prepare for the Rugby World Cup by making it possible for them to compete in the well-respected Vodacom Cup after having been invited by the South African Rugby Union.
“At FNB, we believe that we have a responsibility to help the team shine, thereby helping Namibia to shine. The FNB Welwitchias, despite consisting of mostly amateur players have again qualified to represent the Land of the Brave at the Rugby World Cup in the UK later this year I think we do not always appreciate and celebrate this achievement as a nation,” he said. He said that the International Rugby Board understood the importance of developing the game of rugby across the globe and Namibia was benefiting from this in many ways.
FNB agreed to support the Namibian side’s participation in the Vodacom Cup for a three year period and also decided to try and re-establish rugby as a family affair, building around the excitement that the Vodacom Cup offers.
Van Zyl encouraged the public to come out in numbers in support of the team and promised that they will have fun filled family Fridays with the FNB Welwitchias at the Hage Geingob Stadium. “The good news is that all matches will be played in Windhoek on Friday evenings, setting the scene for great family fun. On top of that, FNB will be creating a sport experience at the stadium never witnessed before in our country. Hence, be there to support our team but also to have good fun,” he said.