Shaanika at 2012 AFCON

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Namibia renowned assistant referee David Shaanika will be running down the lines at the 2012 AFCON to be played in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next month.

Shaanika, who had been busy throughout 2011 on CAF and FIFA assignments (course and matches), has been chosen to officiate at the AFCON next month and he expressed his satisfaction about the move by CAF.

“I am so glad that I have made this elite group of referees. It is great honor for me and I'm looking forward to it. I will go out there and do my best”, Shaanika said ecstatically.

He adds that being the first ever Namibia match official at the continental football showpiece, will also spur him on to ensure that he truly represent and hold the name of Namibia high.

“I will be representing my country as I have always been. I am a Namibian and going there will be good for my country and it goes to show that my hard work is being recognized”.

Shaanika also expressed his appreciation for the NFA president John Muinjo’s contribution to his refereeing career.

“John has always been there for us as Namibian match officials and for me, I have to say thank you to him for his continued guidance and assistance”, said Shaanika.

Shaanika will be attending the 2012 AFCON match officials refresher course on January 19, with the venue still to be confirmed but surely to be held in the co-hosts Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

On his part, NFA president and CAF Match Commissioner and Zonal CAF referees official, John Muinjo praised Shaanika hard work and dedication for this achievement.

“First for Namibia! I am particularly very happy as Zonal Representative for Referees in Southern Africa to see David Shaanika coming through the ranks to become an elite Assistant Referee representing Namibia as an official for the first time ever at the level of the African Nations Cup.

“I am not only thrilled but proudly convinced that David Shaanika will diligently carry out the task to the best of his ability” Muinjo said.

He adds that he consistency and persistence indeed pays off and he wished the assistant referee all the best:

“I know what it took for David to reach that milestone and I can only wish him all the best of luck while encouraging him to continue working hard to go beyond officiating on the continent and focusing on bigger global tournaments than the African Nations Cup while doing this task by task.”, said Muinjo.