Mbidi meets Aleksander

02 January 2018 | Sports

Namibia Football Association (NFA) president, Frans Mbidi met with Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president, Ceferin Aleksander for dinner at a local eatery in Windhoek on Wednesday last week.

The two men held informal discussions on football during the engagement.

Aleksander, who is of Slovenian origin, is in Namibia on vacation with his family and friends.

Speaking to Nampa telephonically on Thursday, Mbidi said various issues related to football were discussed.

“He is here on holiday, but informally we discussed various issues related to football. We spoke about youth development, infrastructural development and various other issues that we can collaborate on,” Mbidi said.

He said it is now for him to formalise the discussions by writing an official letter to Aleksander with the hope of initiating collaboration between the NFA and UEFA.

“We know what Europe is capable of, and as NFA we are looking at soliciting for help in youth development, which we know Europe will be keen in. We may also request an expert from them to help us with infrastructure development.”

Mbidi said there are possibilities that Aleksander may introduce him to Football Association of Slovenia president, Radenko Mijatovic.

“With the introduction we may be able to arrange friendly matches for the Brave Warriors with Slovenia and work on other developmental projects as well,” he said.

The NFA president said as much as the meeting with Aleksander was informal, he was happy with the brainstorming on football related issues that took place during the dinner.

This is the second time Aleksander is visiting Namibia, after having been here with friends five years ago.

He brought with him an entourage of 14 people including his family and friends.

The UEFA president will be visiting various parts of the country until 5 January 2018.

NAMPA

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