The football season is on the horizon and the Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) Referee Department is rolling out beginners’ practical courses countrywide and on Wednesday, 17 February will conclude the three-day workshop at Kunene’s Outjo.
The Outjo leg consists of 38 participants, ten of which are regional instructors, and caters for referees from the Kunene, Oshikoto, and Otjozondjupa Regions and is led by NFA instructors Absalom Goseb, Fransisca Katjaimo, and Simson Domigo as well as Physical Instructor Alfeus Shipanga.
Two similar courses were concluded in Oshakati, which catered to the host Oshana Region, Ohangwena and Omusati, while the other held in Kavango East’s Rundu, which included participants from the Zambezi Region.
NFA Referees Department Coordinator Absalom Goseb says the workshops are aimed at equipping the referees with adequate knowledge on the game of football, in anticipation of the return of football.
Goseb adds that they plan to have at least 40 trained referees in each region, to have each region represented in the lower division leagues when football resumes.
He explains that the focus is on the interpretation and application of the laws of the game and the fitness level of the referees and that a quarterly fitness test on both the elite and FIFA referees has also been incorporated into the beginners’ course.
“At the moment, we have already started with identifying young referees in various regions. With them, most emphasis is on control, application, and behavioral conduct both on and off the pitch.”
The instructors will be in Gobabis in the Omaheke Region on 18 February 2021 and then proceed to Karas, Khomas, Erongo Regions, and thereafter Hardap, before closing off at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.