Amateur women's football league to start in Swakopmund

08 Jul 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) – An amateur women’s football league will commence in Swakopmund this month.
The aim of the league is to keep unemployed young women off the streets and out of sheebeens, while producing players for future senior national women’s football teams.
The league, established on 17 June this year, will kick off on 18 July 2015 with eight teams all based in Swakopmund.
Chairperson of the Swakopmund Women’s Football League, Wilson Nguvauva said they have been in communication with the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service to start a league that can help keep girls occupied productively.
“Our focus currently is looking at girls who have finished school but are just spending time at home or walking around in the streets.
“We are currently in negotiations with the ministry to help these girls to get training at the youth centre and get involved with the ministry’s activities to upgrade their skills,” Nguvauva told Nampa on Wednesday.
He said the league will also promote gender equality.
“Most people look at football as a men’s sport and we are now trying to educate the communities on how gender equality can be fought through sports,” he stated.
Nguvauva then called on the Swakopmund community to attend an information-sharing session at the Vineta Sports Complex on 13 July at 14h00.
“We currently have eight teams with each team consisting of 16 players. Most of these girls played in the seven-a-side league we have here.
“But we are now calling on the community to come join us on Monday to share the ideas on how we can make this dream a reality for the Swakopmund community,” he stated.
The eight teams are: Swakopmund Football Club, Namib Daughters, Dream Team, Santos Air Time, Coastal High, DRC Ladies, Hanganeni Girls, and West Side High.