'More time needed for NFA players search tournament'

16 Mar 2015 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) – Rundu Chiefs Football Club coach, John Sikerete said the Namibia Football Association (NFA) players search competition is a good initiative, but more time is need by the coaches to train and select players.
The first-of-its-kind knock-out tournament to select players for the senior national football team will take place in Tsumeb on 17 and 18 March 2014.
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 Monday, Sikerete said in order for players to perform to their level best at the trial competition, they were supposed to spend more time in a training camp with the coaches who were tasked to lead the teams.
“At the moment we did not prepare for the tournament as most players have just played their games yesterday and are now driving from their towns to Tsumeb. We as the selected coaches will now act as supervisors for this players because we really don't know much about them apart from what we see them do in the field for their respective teams,” said Sikerete.
He added that he welcomes the initiative by the football association, but more time should be allocated to such events in the future.
“This idea is really good for players that never had any chance of being noticed by the national selectors in the past, because they played far from the city but this time around the selectors will be closer to the players that will be representing their streams and will stand a chance to be selected for the national team,” he stated.
The games will kick-off on Tuesday at 08h00 at the Oscar Norich Stadium.