18 Feb 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - Three local referees and four assistant referees have qualified to officiate at international football matches this year.
The three referees are Gotlieb Matheus, Leston Nangombe and Jackson Pavaza.
Christof Vries, Isaskar Boois, Jonas Kambode and Lucas Nangolo are the four assistant referees.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) Referees Manager Boy-Boy Ndjadila congratulated the referees, and called on others to follow suit.
We have so much potential in this country and it is just a matter of being disciplined and committed for our referees to go further, he was quoted as saying in a media statement issued by the NFA on Wednesday.
Ndjadila then challenged local coaches to acquaint themselves with the laws of the game, and to not risk bringing the game into disrepute due to lack of knowledge.
The NFA referees who handle Namibia Premier League matches are well equipped and based on our analyses, it is coaches who need to understand the laws of the game, especially simple things like referees' optional time, he stated.
Ten Namibians officiated last year.
They are the late Reinhold Shikongo, Eneas Shikongo, Helmut Andreas, Jonas Shongedi, David Shaanika, Benedictus Nashenda, Matheus Kanyanga, Isaskar Boois, Alfeus Shipanga and Hendrick Swartbooi.
Meanwhile, the NFA announced that former Brave Gladiators captain Queen Manga returned to football after being absent in 2014, and she is now eligible to officiate at international womens football games.