CAF happy with Namibia report ahead of women championship

16 Sep 2014 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia Football Association (NFA) president John Muinjo says the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship’s organising committee is happy with Namibia’s preparations for the ninth edition of the tournament.
With less than 30 days to go before the tournament kicks off in Windhoek, Muinjo on Sunday afternoon arrived at the Hosea Kutako International Airport with the CAF African Women’s Championship trophy.
A statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Monday said Muinjo shared a report on the country’s readiness in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.
It was well-received by the CAF Women’s Championship Organising Committee, chaired by South Africa’s Molefi Oliphant.
“The committee was overall satisfied with the progress made thus far, but a few critical issues were identified during the last inspection which CAF wants us to zoom in on and take care of as soon as possible.
But being given the trophy, which came from Equatorial Guinea who are the current holders, is an indication that the tournament will go ahead in Namibia, and that encourages the local organising committee to further tackle issues related to it,” the statement quoted him as saying.
Muinjo further noted that he will brief the local organising committee (LOC), chaired by the Namibia Sports Commission’s Shivute Katamba, on these issues so that they can address them.
“I am indeed confident that we can address the issues as we have Government support and representatives on the LOC,” he stated.
Muinjo further indicated that the government will be screening the teams from Ebola-affected countries participating at the tournament and monitor them for 21 days, while a Response Unit will also be available for the duration of the championship, which runs from 11 to 25 October here in Windhoek.
The CAF Committee expressed their appreciation of TN Mobile as title sponsors of the championship.
“It is for the very first time that there is a title sponsor for the women’s championship, and CAF is very grateful to Telecom Namibia for coming on board in trying to make this tournament a spectacle that it should be,” said Muinjo.
CAF president Issa Hayatou, accompanied by his spouse, will be in Namibia for the duration of the championship.
As is customary, while on the field of play, players will be subjected to a pre-competition medical assessment (pcma) to determine their fitness levels, and to screen for any other related illness which could lead to players collapsing during games.
The medical assessment is an important method to screen athletes for health risks prior to their participation in sport.
Medical history, physical characteristics and pathological findings might substantially influence the risk of future injuries, as well as other health risks associated with active sport participation, including sudden cardiac death.
This assessment was also discussed at the last NFA Congress in Rundu, and will be introduced in the foreseeable future in Namibian football.