Women’s football coaching course kicks off in Windhoek

22 Feb 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General has called on participants of a coaching course to work hard when they return to their respective regions and teams.
The NFA is currently hosting 34 participants for an International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) women’s football coaching course in Windhoek. The course started on Monday and will run until Friday for active coaches working within women’s football.
Speaking during the opening ceremony at the Football House in Katutura, Barry Rukoro said the purpose of them attending this course is to learn and acquire new knowledge.
“Let me promise you that whatever you will learn from this course will really be helpful on your day-to-day actives when you return to your teams.
“I want you to ask as many questions as possible and don’t feel embarrassed. This course is meant to improve women’s football in the country, and as an association we want to improve football at the regional level and who else can do that if not you the participants who are in the regions and now gaining the latest information on modern football,” he said.
Renowned England women’s football coach, Hope Powell is the chief instructor for the five-day course.
She called on the participants to be committed.
“This is my second time coming to Namibia and all I can tell the participants right now is we have a week of hard work ahead of us. If you are not prepared for that then the door is always open for you to leave on the first day,” said Powell, a former English international midfielder who was capped 66 times for England and scored 35 goals for them during her professional player days.
She coached England’s women’s football team and Great Britain’s Women’s Olympic football team. In 2003, Powell became the first woman to achieve the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification available.