Botswana made history on 08th July, 2017 as it became the first African country to host the Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) where 240 young athletes from 20 countries around the globe will compete for the converted championship. Amongst the countries taking part in this prestigious international competition is the Malaysia National Netball Ball which is considered a powerhouse amongst the other teams. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Botswana campus, joined national jubilations surrounding the NWYC and pulled a mother of all surprises when they allied with the National Welcome Team to receive the Malaysian National Netball Team which arrived in Gaborone on Thursday. Holding placards that carried delightful welcome messages such as “Limkokwing Supports Team Malaysia, Selamat Datang Team Malaysia”, the University’s management, staff and student ambassadors filled the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport Arrival Hall with so much ebullience much to the excitement of the Malaysian Team. Speaking at the Khakhea 2017 NWYC Donations Launch Press Conference which was held immediately after the team’s welcome, Limkokwing University Head of PR; Mercy Rebaone Thebe said, “Our Global University is proud to be a part of this international sporting event as we are an institution that is an avid supporter of all sports codes including netball. Through the esteemed leadership and guidance of the University President, Tan Sri Limkokwing we found it imperative to support Khakhea Primary School which has been nominated to support Malaysia Netball Team by donating P 15 000.00 which will be used to cater food for the entire Khakhea Netball Team throughout the tournament as, Malaysia is where Limkokwing University originates from, and where the mother campus of the 12 Limkokwing University campuses located in 3 continents is located,” Thebe stated.
Limkokwing University mission states that half of the world's population is comprised of youths below the age of 25 which is the age group that will be taking part in the NWYC competition. It is the University’s mission to create a global network of youths equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to world economics and by so doing it is part of our curriculum DNA to mould our students to be active in global events such as the NWYC where their opinions are heard and respected. Thebe further stated that the University will host both the Malaysia Netball Team and the Khakhea Netball ball team on an exciting Campus Tour, through a programme that will include workshops on career guidance, motivational talks that shape characters amongst others. For his part MP Shawn Ntlhaile of Jwaneng/Mabutsane expressed gratitude to the University’s Founder President Tan Sri Limkokwing, for the kind gesture, saying it will go a long way in ensuring that Khakhea Primary School team which is the Malaysia National Netball team official supporters will be well taken care of during their entire stay in Gaborone. The Malaysian Team Captain and Head coach thanked the University for the pleasant surprise highlighting that it made them feel right at home although they were far away from home. The expressed that they looked forward to their game with Botswana and making friends while learning about the Setswana culture during their stay.