German coaching course attendees looks to improve

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James Britz and Mervin Mbakera are looking at improving Namibia football after pair was officially presented with their International Coaching Course for an A-Certificate, from Hennef, Germany by Germany’s Deputy Head of Mission to Namibia Ullrich Kinne.

Mbakera and Britz were part of 26 coaches from developing countries that included Surinam, Kosovo and Pakistan, who attended a three- week long course in September this year in Hennef as part of German government’s support to the developing world.

They were presented with their official certificates by Kinne on Monday afternoon, accompanied by the NFA Technical Director Timo Tjongarero.

“The coaches we met there are from countries like ours and of course they have different ways of doing things with limited resources and it was all about youth coaching and I believe we are better equipped now to take the challenge further and improve our game” national women under-17 coach Mbakera told Kinne of his experience.

He added that youth football is very integral to the game in any country and they were hoping to impact the game in various ways as home.
“ We are involved with youth players a lot and James is also with the under-20 men and other youngsters at Tura Magic so for us this course added value which we can only now impart and see the changes later” Mbakera said.

Kinne said the ideas of meeting the participants was to gauge their experience and see how best the course can be improved and to also help motivate for Namibia to have further participants at the course.

“It is important for us to see how the participants of courses offered in Germany or by Germany are doing and support them so that we can see positive result.

This interaction can also help us in motivating for Namibia to have people attending these and other courses in the future” Kinne explained.
Kinne added that there is alumni portal for which each former participants of a course offered by or in Germany is encouraged to join with a profile and to share information.

Some of the coaches’ that came through this course are Jacqui Shipanga, who is member of various technical study groups thanks to her technical prowess, 2015 Cosafa Senior Cup winning coach Ricardo Mannetti as well as Timo Tjongarero who guided the national under 17s to their first Cosafa triumph earlier this year. National Under-20 coach Gerhard Gunter is also a graduate of the course.