Nakalondo aims for a coaching future

07 Apr 2015 08:40am
OUTJO, 07 APR (NAMPA) - Omusati Region's coach, Shipena Nakalondo, is hopeful of one day obtaining a Confederation of African Football (CAF) coaching license.
The 32-year-old coach, who is a Sports Officer of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service in the Omusati Region and whose teams hold titles of the 2015 Namibian Newspaper Cup and the Under-17 Skorpion Zinc Cup, is very positive about his future in Namibian sport.
Nakalondo won the Skorpion Zinc Cup in August 2014 when the Omusati Region were crowned champions with a 2-1 win over the Hardap Region at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Speaking to the media after his win against Oshikoto Region in the Namibian Newspaper Cup over the past Easter weekend, Nakalondo said coaching is a new path that he would like to pursue in his life but the players of a team also deserve recognition for their effort.
“I am really delighted and happy to have won the Namibian Newspaper Cup but credit should also be given to the players who were committed to winning this cup because most of them will not be eligible for selection in 2016, as they were born in 1996. Today we won because of hard work and motivation showed by the players in the game,” said Nakalondo.
The coach said that his team did not prepare well for the competition due to school exams but he is hopeful that the U-17 team will be prepared when they defend their Skorpion Zinc Cup later this year, adding they are busy selecting a team to defend the trophy.
Nakalondo said that his current positions and responsibilities are very motivating towards future achievements.
“One of most important things that I would love to do is apply for a CAF coaching license, as this might open up doors for me with my coaching career in Namibia. Just like every coach, I would one day love to coach young national teams like the U-17 or U-20, and who knows what the future might hold, as I may even end up coaching the senior national football team if I manage to get my papers,” he said.
Nakalondo, a footballer himself in the Omusati Second Division, said the Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) officials in his region also played a big role in motivating the regional teams to do better all the time.
“Our NFA officials really helped us when we had to prepare and now that we have the Namibian Newspaper Cup and the Skorpion Zinc Cup in our region, we will throw a big celebration where we will parade the two trophies. I already spoke to our governor and he is supporting the idea,” he said.
The Omusati Region on Monday became the very first-time winners of the Namibian Newspaper Cup after a penalty shootout against the Oshikoto Region that ended in a 4-3 victory.