WINDHOEK: The Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) is hosting the 2012 Federation of Africa University Sports’ (FASU) Games here in December, despite a crunching shortage of funds.
The 6th FASU games were supposed to be hosted by Senegal in September 2012 before that country pulled out.
It has now been rescheduled to take place from 15 to 22 December 2012 at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
TISAN president Werner Jeffrey said in a media statement issued on Friday that they are not just concerned about the time constraints to prepare, but also about the shortage of finances to host this event.
“Besides the time constraints that the hosting of FASU 2012 has, there is still the financial challenge that needs to be overcome,” he stated.
Jeffrey, however, remains confident that the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture will step in to “rescue the situation”.
TISAN and UNAM hosted the Confederation of Universities and Colleges of Southern Africa (CUCSA) Games 2012 in June this year, and that success translated into Namibia being chosen at the last minute to host the FASU Games.
Athletes from Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, the Comoros island, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, South Africa, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to participate in the Games.
These will include men and ladies’ football, netball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, karate, swimming as well as track and field.
Jeffrey said sports play an important role in education, youth development and integration in Africa.
Not only will UNAM’s main campus be a hive of activities, but several other codes will also take place in and around the capital.
A family of seven was left homeless and without any earthly possessions after a fire destroyed their shack on Friday evening.
Home owner Kallie Kharuxab told Nampa him and his family were at a relative’s house in Otjomuise when they heard that their dwelling in Wanaheda was on fire.
Upon their arrival around 23h00, they found the Windhoek Emergency Services busy extinguishing the last flames in the shack.
The speedy response of the neighbours prevented the fire spreading to adjacent buildings, while the Fire Brigade were finding their way to the scene.
Devastated by the loss, Kharuxab said his whole family must now start from scratch as the flames did not spare anything, even his five-month-old baby has nothing left, while his four school-going children lost their uniforms and books in the fire.
Although the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation by the Fire Brigade and the Namibian Police, Kharuxub said he suspects arson as he recently opened a criminal case against the very same man whom he believes set the shack on fire.
Luckily, no one was injured.