Namibia's new soccer coach finally arrives

May 10, 2013, 5:57 am

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) today paraded the new Brave Warriors coach Roger Palmgren.
The new coach who replaces Bernard Kaanjuka was officially shown to the media by the NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro in Windhoek.
Palmgren made his appearance at Soccer House in Katutura flanked by his assistant coach Ricardo Mannetti and Brace Warriors team Manager Tim Isaacks.
The new coach said the Warriors’ job is one of the best jobs in the world and that he is lucky to get a job of this nature.
His wish, Palmgren said, is to put back the Warriors at the top of world football.
“First, I thought it is a suicide project. I am here for a long term and I will heavily rely on my technical staff so that we make sure when we play we have the best 11 players in the field. I want to thank the NFA for trusting in me and I am looking forward to the job,” said Palmgren.
Palmgren signed a three-year contract with an option to extend it if he fulfils his duties.
“We gave Tom Saintfiet a four-year contract but he left before his contract was up. We are sure that if our relationship with Palmgren works out good then we will look at a longer term,” Rukoro said.
Palmgren holds a UEFA pro-licence and has 20 years of coaching experience.
His last job was at Amazulu in South Africa but did not last long after he was shown the door due to the club’s poor performance in the South Africa ABSA Premiership League.
The 50-year old Swedes had never lasted in his entire previous management career due to personal reasons or dismissal.
His first international management career in Africa started in Sierra Leone in 1996 but left before his contract ended.
From 2003 until mid-2004, Palmgren had a stint at Vasalunds IF in his native Sweden. He left for Rwanda where he became the national team’s coach. There again, his stay was cut short when he was sacked for poor results in 2005.
Soon afterwards, he headed for Nigeria in 2006 where he took over the top job at Kwara United but could not stay long because of permit problems.
In 2011 he emerged at Amazulu as Mangoba Mngqiihi’s successor.
Once again, Palmgren was shown the door on 26 November 2012 leading him to get the Warriors job.