07 Aug 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) The Cattle Country Football Academys (CCFA) Under-13 team leave for Belgium on Monday following the issuing of their visas by the Belgian embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.
CCFA from the Omaheke Region will participate in the 32nd edition of the Euro Bierbeek Football Tournament in Belgium from Friday until Sunday.
Founder of the CCFA, Rasta Mbuende confirmed to Nampa on Monday that the 16 players and four officials will leave Namibia for Belgium via Germany at 18h00 on Monday.
We managed to get visas for everyone and all is set for the trip. The boys are looking forward to the trip and we hope it will be a success for them, he said.
Mbuende reaffirmed his commitment to youth development, saying the main purpose of the trip is to expose the boys to international standards at an early age, with the hope that scouts can identify talented young Namibians and sign them during the tournament.
Midfielder Kaputuaza Mbuende, one of the players travelling, promised to bring medals to Namibia.
I am very excited to be going to Belgium as we have prepared well, but I am afraid of flying as this will be the first time for me to do so, he said.
His sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Victor Shaama, who said the aim is to learn as much as they can so as to be better players.
Mbuende, who is currently training only the Under-13s, said financial challenges almost put paid to their hopes of participating before First National Bank, Standard Bank Namibia, Namibia Breweries Limited and Air Namibia chipped in.
Namibian Ambassador to Belgium, Kaire Mbuende called me and alerted me that there was a tournament of this magnitude, and I immediately declared my interest, he said.
The tournament will feature football clubs (FCs) from Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea in the United Kingdom; AZ Alkmaar from Netherlands; FC Copenhagen from Denmark; FC Anzhi from Russia; RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany.
Namibia will be the first and only African country to be represented in the three-day tournament, which will see scouts from all over the world attend.
The team is expected back in Namibia next week Tuesday.