Windhoek - The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has congratulated Peter Shalulile for jointly topping the 2019/2020 goalscorer chart in the South Africa Premier Soccer League.
Shalulile, who scored 16 goals for Highlands Park, will share the R50,000 prize money with Orlando Pirates and Malawi striker Gabadino Mango.
In a statement, the NFA congratulated Shalulile for his doing what no other Namibian footballer has ever done.
“We are proud to have such a great ambassador in him, a player who gives his all the time and who continues to inspire by setting standards,” the statement reads.
His goal tally is the joint-highest total in a 30-game top-flight season since the legendary Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe found the back of the net 20 times in 2011/2012.
Shalulile is expected to lead the line as the Brave Warriors take on South Africa in an international friendly match next month.
”We got an invitation from South Africa Football Association and they now confirmed that the game will take place in South Africa instead of Namibia. However, they are awaiting the announcement by their government to allow international traveling. Without that we won’t be able to get into South Africa”, said Franco Cosmos, the NFA acting secretary-general.
The match will be played in the FIFA international window and is provisionally set for October 8, 2020.
Online course for referees
Meanwhile, NFA referees undertook an online FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Referee course last week.
The course was designed to train referees remotely as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The course involved video presentations, online polls and question-and-answer sessions.
The four-day FIFA MA course attracted 35 participants and was conducted by Tracy Lovell (Physical Instructor) and Ali Ahmed (Technical Instructor).
“FIFA understands how important it is to provide solutions that allow referees to develop and train as safely and effectively as possible. The online courses will be intensive just like the regular in-person seminars. The only thing missing will be the usual fitness tests of participants at the end of the course.
“However, the NFA has deployed a technique with the assistance of the GPS devices and the support of the local instructors to monitor the fitness levels of the participants,” said NFA Referees Co-ordinator Absalom Goseb.
He added that the major challenge the NFA currently faced with is the traveling restrictions the country is currently placed under; participants are scattered in all spheres of the country and it is a challenge to get everyone engaging in the zoom meetings on time as some participants are in remote areas with no Internet access