Shipanga calls for more focus on girl-players

17 Jul 2013 06:00
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) ? National women?s football team coach Jacqueline Shipanga called for more platforms to display girls? football talents as well as continuous assessment and coaching.
She said this following the Talent Identification Cup played at the Namibia Football Association (NFA)?s Technical Centre in Windhoek last weekend, in which six clubs took part.
The Brave Gladiators emerged victorious as the overall winners of that tournament.
Shipanga was quoted in a media statement released by the NFA on Wednesday as saying girl-players need support as well, and need to be kept busy for the benefit of the country.
?This is not just for me or for the NFA, but the country?s good. When girls play, we will have fewer cases of teenage pregnancies and other related social ills that we are concerned about. Let the girl play.
Healthy girls also do well at school, and we need to encourage their participation in football through various avenues in all regions of the country,? she stated.
Shipanga said she would like to see each region of the country have active leagues, which can produce more players for the national team.
?I dream of each region having an under-15, under-17 and under-20 leagues, and a regional team so that when we organise national championships, we can have all these players from Namibia competing, and not just the central and northern regions? she noted.
She was also adamant that women?s football is not only for the central and northern regions.
?I?m disappointed that we didn?t have teams from the Karas and Hardap regions, as well as the Omaheke and Erongo regions.
This is not just about the central and northern regions. We need to have a much bigger pool of players really, and next time I hope that my call will fall on active ears, and steps will be taken from a regional point of view,? she stressed.
Shipanga then praised the Galz & Goals Graduates? team for finishing third in that competition, saying that after working with that team for some time now, there is visible improvement. What is thus left is to nurture them, as well as identifying more talent and retaining such talent.