Coaches to attend virtual coaching course

14 May 2021 | Sports

Nampa

Eight Namibian football coaches will take part in an international instructor’s course organised by the German Football Federation and Botswana Football Association to help improve football in the country.

The acting technical director of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Jacqueline Shipanga, said the course is set for 24 to 28 May, and NFA will have eight A-licensed instructors who will attend the course, which will be vital for the development of Namibian football.

The eight coaches include Willem Kapukare, who holds a Confederation of African Football (Caf) instructor licence; Gerald Guther, who is an NFA regional instructor and currently the head coach of Swakopmund Football Club; and Woody Jacobs, who is another Caf and Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) qualified instructor and current head coach of Orlando Pirates Football Club.

Brave Warriors interim head coach Bobby Samaria will also attend, alongside NFA youth instructor and Hopsol Youth League administrator Collin Benjamin, NFA regional instructor and Black Africa head coach Lucky Richter, and NFA regional instructors John Sikerete and Rodney Doeseb.

Empowering locals

“Our focus this year will be to ensure that we fully equip our instructors and coach educators in order for them to be able to go to the regions next year and conduct various courses. We need to accelerate the NFA Train the Trainers technical project,” said Shipanga.

She added that upon completion of the course, the instructors will visit various regions around the country and they will be accompanied by young regional trainee instructors in order to train others in the regions to ensure that proper football development takes place.

When contacted for his views on the course, one of the participants, Jacobs, said it’s a very good initiative because football coaches’ education in the country has been dormant for quite a while now, adding that well-informed and educated coaches will always improve the quality of local football.

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