Nghipandulwa off to Brazil

Namibian referee Samuel Nghipandula has been invited by an organisation called Referees Abroad (formerly known as Tournaments Abroad Referee Academy), who will take care of his accommodation during his stay in Brazil.

20 January 2020 | Sports

One of Namibia's upcoming football referees, Samuel Nghipandula, left for Port Alegre, Brazil, on Friday to participate in the world-famous youth tournament, the 2020 IberCup, scheduled to take place from 19 to 26 January.

The 22-year-old Nghipandula told Nampa on that he was looking forward to participating in his second international tournament after excelling in a similar competition, the Gothia Cup, in China last year.The Namibian match official had an impressive performance, which led to him being afforded the opportunity to handle the final of the under-18 tournament between a team from Russia against Argentinian opponents.

“I gained so much experience in China last year. I am aiming to go and learn even more in Brazil so that I can become a better referee in the future,” he said.

He added that attending this tournament will help improve his development and accelerate his progress in achieving his lifelong dream of becoming an International Federation of Football Associations accredited match official.

“I call upon fellow upcoming Namibian match officials to sacrifice and utilise such opportunities so as to improve their performance and become top referees,” he said, adding that his return ticket to the competition was sponsored by a friend of his.

The IberCup Brazil is part of the prestigious youth football tournament series, organised in cooperation with Gremio Football Club, which will see an array of elite teams competing across a range of age categories from under-9 to under-14.

Famous teams like Juventus, Flamengo, Botafogo, Gremio, Roma, Vasco da Gama, River Plate and Boca Juniors will take part in the tournament.

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