World Cup Seminar Necessary

The Namibia delegates at the 2010 Fifa World Cup symposium held last week in Cairo hails it as necessary and a great success.

According to the Technical Director of the Namibia Football Association Klaus Staerk, the symposium held on October 13-15 was “very interesting “as it brought together various football specialists who shared ideas with the rest of the fifty-three member association of CAF.

“We shared ideas on how Africa fared and how best the situation can be improved and also on the overall standards and organization of the world cup and how the game of football general move forward from this world cup” Staerk said.

The symposium was meant to provide a platform for the technical and tactical analysis of the 2010 World Cup in relation to the development of football on the continent.
Staerk further added that the symposium also analyzed the challenges for the game in Africa and various workable suggestions-to be part of a report by CAF- where brought forward by various coaches and technical directors that represented their associations.

He also emphasized on cooperation between technical directors and national team coaches: “this is meant to ensure that the national team have a similar way of dong things in terms of formations and plans.

“The technical director is responsible for long-term plan of the association while the coach is just focused on the daily improvement of the national team and so there should be some fostered cooperation to ensure that we are all in tune of what we set out to achieve in the association’s mission and strategy” stated Staerk, who was accompanied by Brian Isaacs, who is the co-coach of the national team with Ronnie Kanalelo.

The three-day workshop was opened by CAF President Issa Hayatou and Africa was represented at the World Cup by hosts South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Only Ghana made it out of the group stage, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to Uruguay on penalties.

The FIFA/CAF World Cup Symposium is organized every four years, after the FIFA World Cup, to analyze the event in view of amending flaws and consolidating improvements.