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The Secretary of Cosassa, Hilbertine Mbasuva with Solly Duiker, the national coordinator of the NSSU at the launch of the games.

The Secretary of Cosassa, Hilbertine Mbasuva with Solly Duiker, the national coordinator of the NSSU at the launch of the games.

For the first time since the last ball games took place in Swaziland in 2009,
Over 1000 athletes will compete in this year’s edition of the Confederation of Southern Africa School Sport Associations (Cosassa) Ball Games which will be hosted by the Namibia School Sport Union (NSSU) on 31 August and 1 September.
According to Solly Duiker, the national coordinator of the NSSU, Namibia chose to host the Cosassa games for the third time as the NSSU will  be celebrating 21 years of existence.
A Ms NSSU Beauty Pageant has been lined as part of celebrations. The event will take place at the UNAM Khomsdal Campus on 30 August with contestants from all 13 regions of the country.
Five countries, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate  in the ball games.
The sport codes participating at the games are: basketball, boys and girls U/17; cricket, boys and girls U/13; soccer, boys and girls U/13 and U/17; netball, girls U/13 and U/17 and volleyball, boys and girls U/13 and U/17.
For the first time, the Cossasa games will this year cater for primary school children.
The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Kazenambo Kazenambo, will officially open the games on 31 August  while the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Pohamba Shifeta will officiate at the closing ceremony to be held the Safari Hotel and Conference.
The Independence stadium will host all football finals and boys U/17 football matches while volleyball matches will be played at the Israel Patick Iyambo Police College. All basketball, football U/13 and U/17 girls and netball games will be played at the UNAM main campus.
Government has committed N$ 1.5 million towards the hosting of the ball games while the private sector also came on board with cash and other sponsorships.
Although Namibia came third at the previous games after South Africa and Botswana, Duiker is confident that Namibia will scoop all the gold medals and take first place.

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