Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, congratulates the National Rugby Team on qualifying for the Africa Gold Cup Pool 1 preliminary World Cup Qualifiers, set to take place in Ivory Coast next month.
Namibia was initially named by Rugby Africa as the host of the qualifying tournament scheduled for 1-11 July 2021, but due to COVID-19 regulations regarding contact sport, could no longer host the tournament. In a move approved by World Rugby, the tournament was moved to Ivory Coast and the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC) in turn approved the participation of the Namibian team on the condition that they train in a bio-bubble. With Namibia having qualified for the last six Rugby World Cups since 1999, this condition will preserve their hopes of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.
Through its Windhoek Draught brand, NBL has been the official sponsor of the National Rugby Team for the last four years, being committed to building rugby in Namibia including the team’s participation in these preliminary qualifiers as well as supporting local sport and talent.
According to NBL Senior Brand Manager, Claudia Opperman, “By supporting the National Team in their preparation and enabling them to attend these preliminary World Cup Qualifiers, NBL through Windhoek Draught hopes to help Namibia in taking the first steps towards the 2023 World Cup. Rugby could not be played in 2020 due to the pandemic, so we look forward to seeing the team safely return to the international sporting arena. The National Team has consistently represented the country on the biggest platform in the sport – the Rugby World Cup – and being ranked 25th internationally makes it even more important for them to play and hopefully reach the next round of World Cup Qualifiers. We wish them the best of luck in this tournament and believe they will do us proud!”