18 Mar 2015 12:40pm
TSUMEB, 18 MAR (NAMPA) - First Division and Premier League footballers has expressed mixed feelings about the Namibia Football Association (NFA) players search competition underway in Tsumeb.
The first-of-its-kind tournament to select players for the senior national football team is taking place from 17 to 18 March 2015 at the Oscar Norich Stadium.
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 Tuesday, players said they like the idea that was initiated by the Football Association (FA), but a lot of things still need to be done in the future.
Nzamene Sylvester said such an initiative has never been done before and it gives players a chance to showcase their talent to the selectors. He however raised concern with the time allocated to the games, which he said could affect the players performance on the field.
'This is a good platform to compete with the best in the first division and premier league. This type of events can boost a players confidence even when we go back home to play for our teams. But playing the whole day is something they should look at changing in the future, because we played the whole day and only took a short break for lunch. One might not even perform better in the field,' said Sylvester.
Nicky Musambani and Dynamo Fredricks, who are part of the Namibia Premier League top 20 players, welcomed the FA initiative with open arms saying is the best opportunity for every selected player to give their best and hopefully be selected for the team that will represent Namibia at the CHAN qualifiers.
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 among the best local teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season.
Premier League selected team coach Woody Jacobs told this agency that the FA players search competition is an initiative that will give a lot of players exposure and will boost their confidence.
''I choose a team of players who never made it to the national team before, because we are trying to give chances to this young boys to showcase their talent and be noticed. At the moment my aim is not to win but to see this young players enjoying themselves and getting noticed.
'I hope this is not the end of this idea because these players who were selected to represent their division are at the moment excited and they want to play, now imagine what type of confidence they will take with them to the national team if they get a chance to represent their country,' stated Jacobs