NFA to stage knock-out competition to select national team playe

12 Mar 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will next week host a first-of-its-kind knock-out tournament to select players for the senior national football team.
This event will take place in Tsumeb on 17 and 18 March.
The pilot project will see the best 20 players from each of the three first division streams compete with players selected from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
The First Division is divided in three streams, which is the North East; North West and Southern Stream.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, NFA president Frans Mbidi said they came up with the idea to ease the job of the senior national team coach when it comes to players’ selection.
“This is our pilot project to test. Most of the time people complain of having very good players in the regions but they are always left out of the senior national team because the coach does not travel to the regions where these players play their games and we end up seeing only Premier League players in the national team,” he said.
Mbidi added that most players selected during the competition will be called up for a training camp which will be used to prepare players for the CHAN competition in June this year.
The African Nations’ Championship sometimes referred to as African Championship of Nations or CHAN is a football tournament which is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season.
The football association will pay for all 80 players’ transport, accommodation and meals.
“At the moment we don't have a sponsor for the tournament because it’s the first of its kind. If this idea proves to be the best then we will see how to continue with it and how to engage sponsors to come on board. We are not having any prize money to give away, but the winning team will walk away with a trophy and medals,” Mbidi stated.