Kunamuene to officiate at Women’s Championships

17 Aug 2017 13:20pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 17 AUG (NAMPA) - Namibia Football Association (NFA) Head of Competitions, Titus Kunamuene leaves for Zimbabwe next month to officiate as general coordinator at the 2017 Cosafa Women’s Championship.
The tournament takes place from 13 to 24 September 2017.
He will also handle the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca in Pretoria on 08 September 2017.
Speaking to Nampa in Windhoek on Wednesday, Kunamuene said he felt privileged to be asked by the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) to be one of the officials overseeing the women’s tournament.
“I will be in charge of the general organisation of the match from protocol, security both on and off the pitch, to pre-match meetings and all the logistics related to a competitive match at a Cosafa tournament,” he said.
He will also be responsible for verifying the player names and numbers, their registration, as well as reporting to Cosafa on how the match and tournament went.
Kunamuene is growing in this field of football administration as evidenced by his recent appointment to handle the coordination of high profile matches on the continent.
To date he has been involved with the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon, the 2016 Under-20 Championship in the same country, as well as several African Champions League and Confederations Cup matches on the continent.
He singled out his assignment in Port Gentil in Gabon for Afcon as the most memorable because of the experience he gained as assistant general coordinator.
“Afcon 2017 was a major event for me as I gained so much knowledge. I also received an excellent review from the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” Kunamuene said.
He added that his appointment and that of other football officials, especially referees, to handle high profile matches show that Cosafa and CAF recognise the expertise Namibia has.
“We just need to change our mindset and avoid being selfish. Our sporting structures need to be revisited,” he said.
Kunamuene holds an International Federation of Football Associations and International Centre for Sports Studies (FIFA/CIES) Executive Programme in Sports Management Certificate, which he obtained through the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.