Oshakati Grassroots festival next week

Momentum is building up for the second leg of the FIFA Grassroots Course and festival at Oshakati, starting next week.

According to the organizers of the festival that brought more than 800 kids together in Windhoek in April, preparations for another record participation are on course.

The program at Oshakati will run from 08 to 13 November with a football seminar for coaches’ ad administrators, culminating in football festival for kids on the final day.

To this end, FIFA have sent a consignment of material to be used at the festival, which includes footballs, bibs, markers and cones that will be used at Oshakati.

Jakes Amaning, member of the organizing committee have urged parents to ensure that their little girls and boys do grace the day at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Saturday for them to exercise their love for the beautiful game.

“The whole program starts with a seminar on Monday at Oshadila Lodge up to Friday and we will be having FIFA instructors who will be confirmed this week”

“It is a family affair and all kids are players and they need to be afforded a platform to play their game”, said Amaning.

About 45 coaches mainly teachers from the Oshana, Ohangwena, and Omusati and Oshikoto regions will be attending the course.

Namibia was selected as only the second country in Africa, after Mauritius, to host the FIFA Grassroots Development Programme.

Namibia development project the Galz and Goals recently won every price it was entered into, winning in Chicago and recently as the best development program of the year in Namibia at the Namibia Sports Commission annual wards ceremony.

“We are all striving to ensure that young people are given the chance to engage in football being them boys or girls and this is another avenue for them to do just that and we are proud to be associated with it and drive the idea forward,” explained Timo Tjongarero, NFA’s Education officer.