Britz and Mbakera off to Germany for coaching course

05 Sep 2016 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Two of Namibia’s most promising youth football coaches, James Britz and Mervin Mbakera, are in Germany to attend a three-week international coaching course for an A – Certificate.
A media statement availed to Nampa said the coaching course will see the two being awarded an A – Coaching Certificate which is the highest possible coaching license. The course is organised and funded jointly by the German Football Association (DFB) and the Federal Foreign Office.
It starts on Monday and more than 30 participants from more than 20 countries are taking part.
“ I am really honoured to be selected and be part of this course. I never thought I would get this chance and so when the NFA approached me I did not hesitate, knowing that their nomination was based on trusting that I need to go and learn more,” Britz says.
The Tura Magic assistant coach Britz added that he will continue to play his part in local football development.
“I have been very lucky to work with youngsters and for me that is where it all starts. I’m also still involved with Khomasdal Football Academy and attending this course can only improve my knowledge and the way I do things,” he said.
Mbakera echoed his sentiments and added that as a women’s football coach it was imperative to attend international courses to advance the game locally.
“There is so much out there to learn and this course will help me to develop new ideas of how to make the game here for the ladies more appreciated and ensure that our players are up to date with the game,” he stated.
The former Tigers assistant coach thanked the NFA for its drive to keep going despite the hard times.
“The guys at Football House are really trying to keep the game going and this is testimony to that effect. Our football can of course be better off with more funds, but until that day we have to continue pushing and making sure all the girls and boys fulfill their dreams of playing organised modern football,” Mbakera said.