Windhoek - Eight schools located in Windhoek, Namibia, will benefit from the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s latest initiative, which will see young girls taking part in Under 15 seven-aside School Girl Competition.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA), through its Women’s Department, has been selected as one of only 16 member associations. The competition will run from February to May 2020.
The aim of the competition is to develop women’s football on the continent and create more football competitions for women and girls. The competition will be played as a league, starting on 22 February 2020, and will conclude with a Girls’ Football Festival in May.
Eight schools in Windhoek have been chosen to take part in the competition, based on their involvement and performance in the NFA Galz & Goals League for girls.
General manager of Women’ Football, Jacqueline Shipanga, said women development is on the rise despite huge challenges.
“Development of women’s football in Namibia has come a long way in the past 10 years, through our youth girls’ football and healthy lifestyle development programme, Galz & Goals in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), which has seen more than 25,000 girls participating in youth leagues, festivals and championships,” she said.
The former Brave Gladiators’ head coach added that there is now more than ever a transition needed to reach the next level in the women’s game and qualify for continental and world cup finals.
“This competition supported by CAF will surely take the level of competition among young girls to a higher level and will be a solid builder and springboard for the quality of the Namibia National U/17 team. It will further improve the quality of youth coaches and create new young girl referees trained through this initiative,” she said.
The School Girl Competition will support the NFA Galz & Goals programme’s 5-year strategic plan through improved quality of coaching and refereeing and improved quality of play at the Junior National Team.
The coaches from each school and selected sport teachers are further invited to participate in a CAF D-license course in preparation for the Competition. The course will be taking place at the NFA Girls Centre on the 10th-14th of February and will be facilitated by CAF instructor Shipanga.
The eight schools, which will take part in the completion are; A.I. Steenkamp Primary School, Amazing Kids Private School and Academy, Bethold Himumuine Primary School, Faith Primary School, Goreangab Secondary School, Mandume Primary School, M.H. Greef Primary School and Tobias Hainyeko Primary School.