Oshakati Grassroots festival next week

FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) senior official, Jean-Marie Conz will be the chief instructor at the Oshakati Coaching Seminar for Grassroots Football festival next week.

The 51-year-old Swiss, will be joined by NFA technical Director Klaus Staerk and other selected officials to conduct a five-day coaching seminar for about 45 coaches from the Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati regions.
The Seminar to be held at the oshadila Lodge will starts on Monday 8 November and ends Friday with the football festival that brings together kids under the ages of 13 to take place on Saturday at the Oshakati Independence Stadium.

The Oshakati Festivals call by Sport Minster Kazenambo Kazenambo that the Windhoek leg of the FIFA Grassroots Festival be replicated in other parts of the country too and organisers are hoping for a record attendance to surpass the Windhoek figure of about 800 kids.

The NFA Education Officer, Timo Tjongarero is upbeat about the programme:

“all the kids up north and their parents should take this message seriously because all that we want to afford the kids a chance to play with others under proper guidance as the coaches will be with us on Saturday and also this is good for football development in the country as we will definitely identify some gems that can be polished up in years to come and for Namibia to once again produce football starts being them girls or boys”.

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

The NFA Galz and Goals Program was last week awarded as the Best Development Program at the Namibia Sports Awards and last month won the Beyond Sports Award in the Best Federation category.

Following the end of his coaching career with Port-Said in Egypt between 1997 and 1998, Conz joined FIFA in 1999, and have acted as a FIFA instructor in various African countries, as well as in Saudi Arabia and was even asked to coach their national team for three qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.