History made as 14 girls enter NFA Girls Centre

04 Sep 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – History was made on Friday when the first intake of 14 girls at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls Centre took place.
A media statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Sunday said the centre was inaugurated in March this year, and it has finally opened its doors for 14 aspiring young girls, who together with their parents were excited and looking forward to their football and academic training at the NFA Girls Centre.
Girls Centre Director Jackey Gertze was quoted in the statement as saying she is looking forward to working with the girls, while NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro called on them to work hard.
“This is your chance to be the first and being the first means you have to set an example and a great one, of course. You must learn about confidence, determination and self-control and the ability to be visible and lead to social change,” Rukoro said.
The girls, selected by Brave Gladiators coach Jacqui Shipanga based on their needs and participation in the Galz & Goals programme, are Anna Shikusho, Shanice Daries, Valerie Kamburutue, Laesa Hanse, Julia Rutjindo, Lydiana Nanamus, Vanessa !Noreses, Sara Asino, Chantelle Engelbrecht, Gwen Narises, Mbitjita Mungunda, Batista Kasume, Memory Ngonda and Beverly Ngozondu.
The NFA Girls Centre was established after a memorandum of understanding was signed in this regard by the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service; the NFA; the German Football Association; the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.