The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is taking advantage of the off-season to roll out the FIFA E-Connect to the member affiliates with a series of workshops aimed at boosting the productive capabilities and efficiency of the teams, using ICT and providing an increased level of service for members of the football community.
The workshops initially kicked off with five of the Windhoek based Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) clubs Civics, Citizens, Orlando Pirates FC, Tigers FC, and Tura Magic FC, and this week in training are five of the Windhoek-based Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) teams, for a three-day training course. While another group is set for next week.
SSFD teams currently part of the training that concludes on Friday are Eleven Champions FC, Khomas Nampol FC, Ramblers FC, Spoilers FC, and Windhoek United FC.
E-Connect offers an opportunity to introduce sustainable football competitions, administration, and tracking mechanisms in all corners of the country. Additionally, the system establishes a foundation for the game in the country to achieve systematic growth in technological innovation.
The key objectives of the system include protecting minors, rewarding training clubs, promoting investment in youth, and safeguarding the integrity of competitions while ensuring that money stays within the game for reinvestment.
E-Connect Project Manager Mathew Haikali says due to Covid-19 regulations and government rules and restrictions with regards to traveling and persons allowed per gathering, the workshop currently can only accommodate Windhoek based clubs, from the Top tier premier league as well as that of the First Division, as a start., however, all other affiliate members will receive training in due course.
“The workshop went smoothly with good feedback from the participants. The teams showed great interest in learning and mastering the system, and surprisingly grasped the concept faster than we expected. I think it’s safe to say we are collectively working towards professionalizing football in the country” remarks Haikali.