Shangula heads Namibia women’s refs on FIFA Panel

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Vistoria Shangula leads the maiden Namibian Female referees team for the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) 2018 Referees Panel with a record of 11 confirmations by the international body recently.

Namibia Football Association (NFA) Referees Coordinator Absalom Goseb reveals the list of confirmation by FIFA and is satisfied with the response from the FIFA Referees Department.

“ Following their assessment and considerations, we have receive a list of eight male officials which includes three referees, which we have been getting all these years and for the female referees, we finally have a full team”, Goseb states.

2017 Namibia Sports Awards Referee of the Year Jackson Pavaza against appears on the list together with Jonas Shongedi and new kid on the block, former footballer Nehemia Shovaleka from Ondangwa. In the assistant referees bracket, regulars in Mathew Kanyanga, Dawid Shaanika, Isaskar Boois and Christof Vries are joined by a another new entrant Sem Singeve from Grootfontein.

Former Brave Gladiators defender Vistoria Shangula is accepted by FIFA as the 2018 FIFA Female Referee and is joined for the first time by two assistants, Olivia Amukuu and Paulina Joel and the trio is expected to be on assignment as soon as the 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers kicks off in February.

“ Vistoria is no longer very active with the national team but just trains with them and that have helped her a lot. Olivia has been around for some time now and Paulina as well have done her best. It gives us great pleasure to have a team of female referees for the first time on the Fifa panel and it can only get better and encourage others to join the fray” an elated Goseb says.

Goseb also reveals that Pavaza is heading to Morocco for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals and assistant referee Boois is heading to Zambia in December for the COSAFA U/20 Championships.