26 Oct 2014 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will soon have its own girls centre to operate from, following a ground breaking ceremony on Friday.
The girls centre, which will comprise of offices, classroom, and ablution facilities, will be constructed behind the Soccer House in Katutura.
Construction on the centre are expected to start soon, and will be completed before the end of 2015.
The Girls Centre will be an after-school programme focusing on providing academic tutoring, life skills and football training to less-privileged girls.
The NFA and German Development Cooperation signed a memorandum of understanding in March this year to build the centre as part of the German government policy to strengthen and deepen their collaboration with Namibia in sports.
Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony, NFA president John Muinjo said the centre will empower Namibian sports especially the women game.
'The girls centre will be safe heavens for the girls in this country, although Windhoek based girls will benefit more because the centre will be close to them. We have to thank the German government for this initiative because Namibia as a country will benefit after the construction of this state of the arts girls centre,' said Muinjo.
Speaking at the same ceremony, German Ambassador to Namibia, Onno Hueckmann, said he was pleased and honoured that his government is contributing positively to the development of women football in Namibia.
The main reason of building this centre is to overcome social inequality and also create employment. The success of this project will show how sports has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can, said Hueckmann.
He added that Namibias commitment to women football can be used as a model for other countries in African and around the world.