Ngarizemo to continue coaching Young African

31 January 2018 | Sports

MTC Namibia Premiership new boys Young African Football Club's coach Maleagi 'Mali' Ngarizemo says he will not relinquish his duties as the coach and owner of the Gobabis outfit anytime soon.

Towards the end of last year, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) announced at a media briefing that all coaches in the Namibia Premier League would have to step down if they did not have a CAF B-licence and the assistant a C-licence in order to coach a team in the NPL licence as per rules of the NFA constitution.

Ngarizemo was named as one of those coaches. However, the coach who won the inaugural edition of the coveted Debmarine Namibia Cup said nobody will tell him to step down from the club that he is financing himself.

He said the NPL constitution does not stipulate that one cannot own or coach a club without certain qualifications.

“I have played football on club and national level. I have been coached by close to 30 coaches. I lead my team on the experience I have picked up over the years.

“I know what I need to do during the two hours I have the players at training. It's important that as a coach you know when to increase intensity and when to lower it at training.

“Jomo Sono of South Africa owns a club and coaches it and was also a star soccer player. Why can't I do that too?”

The boys from the Cattle Country are third on the log in the premier league, eight points behind log leaders African Stars.

Ngarizemo says they have won football matches in all divisions and also the biggest tournament in the country.

“The team is doing well. Why change anything?”

The coach adds that there are many coaches without the required qualifications in the league.

“If NPL says those coaches have to step down, where will clubs find coaches with the qualifications they ask for, and who will pay them?”

Ngarizemo said he has a coaching badge from Canada as well as a Caf C-licence which he obtained from a coaching course that was held in the country in 2013. Since that coaching course, there has been none offered in the country.

Young African players are also being assisted in training by former goalkeeper Denzel Bruwer and Hartman Toromba, among others.

Ngarizemo says the team is preparing well for the second leg of the premier league, which will kick off on 20 February.