Interest grows in Nyambe’s ‘free’ project

Young aspiring footballers will have the opportunity to be coached by professional footballer Ryan Nyambe in collaboration with former footballer Collin Benjamin and Ronald Ketjijere in the next week, with interest already coming through from Namibians.

03 May 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami







WINDHOEK

Defender Ryan Nyambe, who plies his trade for English second division side Blackburn Rovers, is extending his skills beyond the football pitch as he has his eyes set on grooming the next generation of football stars in the country.

He was part of Namibia’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations team and has made seven appearances for the Brave Warriors.

Nyambe will host coaching clinics from 15 May at the Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) Technical Centre as he embarks on opening a football academy for boys and girls as young as six.

The coaching clinics start with a 12:00 session for 90 minutes for children aged between six and eight.

The 14:00 session will also run for 90 minutes and will look at players aged nine to 10.

On 18 May, the 12:00 session will run for two hours, drawing in players aged 13 to 15.

On 22 May, the 12:00 session will run for 90 minutes for those aged six to eight.

The 14:00 session will also run for 90 minutes for athletes between nine and 12.

The last session will take place on 25 May for those aged 13 to 15. This will be a 12:00 session with a duration of two hours.

Bettering skills

The Katima Mulilo-born professional footballer said he wants to help his community and pass on the knowledge he has acquired to Namibian children.

“I’ve learnt and I’m still learning in my career, but I want to help boost football in Namibia,” he said.

On former footballer Collin Benjamin and Ronald Ketjijere’s involvement, he said:

“This is really massive for me to have these guys around with me. Their pedigree says it all and together we can do better by combining our knowledge. Our country needs us and whatever small we do will go a long way in giving these youngsters a dream and motivation to go further.”

Former captain and coach of the Warriors Benjamin said Nyambe has plans pertaining to youth development and with these training sessions, he wants to test the waters.

“You know I’m huge on the development of young players and talent so it was just natural that we collaborate on that,” he added.

Parents take interest

A parent of an aspiring footballer, Tino Neib, said Nyambe’s skills will go a long way in bettering local football.

“I will enrol my son and see how it goes. He is showing great footballing skills and I want him to get better,” he said.

For more information on the coaching clinics, visit nyambefootballacademy.com.

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