Katamba calls for improvement in women's football

19 Oct 2015 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia’s Director of Sports, Sivute Katamba has called on participants in the first-ever women International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) administration and management course to take all necessary steps to unearth talent.
The week-long management and administration course was hosted by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) from 12 to 16 October.
About 30 participants from the Galz & Goals programme, the FIFA Member-Association Women’s Administration and management attended the course.
A statement availed to Nampa on Monday by the NFA quotes Katamba as saying it was high time that qualified people such as the participants from the course started implementing what they have learned in rural Namibia and change the way things are done.
“You have learned about the most relevant and advanced issues administration and management of today and therefore I urge you to take this seriously and impact your acquired skills.
“It won’t help you or Namibia if you just rest on your laurels and wait for miracles to happen in our sports. You are in football and football remains our number one sport and it needs your minds to take it forward. See to it that you engage people at rural development level and start from there because that is where the talent is,” Katamba said.
The statement said a survey conducted by FIFA Women’s Football in 2014 found that there is still a lack of full-time employees dedicated to women’s football, especially in developing member associations.
This, according to the survey, has a direct impact on the development of the sport with regard to the participants.
“FIFA is committed to helping member associations such as the NFA improve the knowledge and the education of their staff working in women’s football, whether at association, club or regional level,” reads the statement.
The course was facilitated by Emy Casaletti-Bwalya, a FIFA MASP marketing consultant and instructor.
Also present at the closing ceremony were NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, Brave Warriors assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo and Brave Gladiators head coach Jacqui Shipanga.