The NFA, Technical Expert Jaqueline Tulipamwe Shipanga joined 24 other Technical Leaders from around the globe to learn more about Japan’s approach to achieving excellence as part of block two of FIFA’s new Technical Leadership Diploma held in Chiba, Japan, between 4-9 December.
Shipanga explored ‘Kaizen’, the Japanese principle of continuous improvement, during the 6-day workshop that included study visits to Toyota, Sumo Training Stables and the Japanese FA.
Achieving excellence in the areas of Talent ID and Recruitment, Coach Education, National Teams and Quality Assurance was also covered by participants who are undertaking the 18-month long course.
“The biggest takeaway from my experience here in Japan is how the National Identity and Culture can have a significance impact on football development in a country, with reference to how the Japanese Football Association have pledged a 2050 Long Term Development Plan with Youth Development and Coach Education being the keys to the future. There is so much to learn from Japan as it is one of only few countries in the world that can boost with an impressive record of having won the Youth and Senior Women’s World Cups.
These are all attributed to their inclusive approach and equal investment for both men and women and their youth development structures.” Another milestone is the adult teaching methodology that is being applied with a lot of case studies being presented by our peers such as the world renowned exceptional Coach Education Foundation of the Scottish Football Association. This is what makes the FIFA Technical Leadership Diploma so exceptional because we can share best practices, strengthen networks and possible collaborations between member associations.
The presentation on Safeguarding and Child Protection is an equally important area that member association should embrace and put up relevant structures. Shipanga was pleased to note that the newly elected leadership led by President Robert Shimooshili is committed towards capacity building of its members and in particular accelerate all efforts for NFA to sign the CAF Coaching Convention that will allow coaches to get standardized CAF Licences come 2024
“The NFA is fortunate and pleased to have a valuable resource in Jacqueline Shipanga as our Technical Expert with her unmeasurable experience and exposure in the broader football development joining 24 other global technical leaders. FIFA, CAF and even, we as the Namibia Football Association, invested a lot of resources to get Shipanga at the level she pitches football at technical levels today. This kind of resource is scarce to find in Africa and probably around the world, hence Namibia, through the NFA is grateful for what we have in Jaqueline Shipanga and the value the NFA adds in continuous learning, development, and training, especially in the area of technical leadership our Technical Expert does what she knows best. says Jochen Traut, Interim General Secretary
‘Globally recognised qualification’ for Technical Leaders
“We were delighted to welcome Shipanga onto block two of our new Technical Leadership Diploma in Japan this week,” says Jamie Houchen, FIFA Head of Technical Leadership.
“Japan has proved to be the perfect location for block two of the Diploma and the focus on achieving excellence.
“The unique Japanese culture and tradition as well as the focus on long-term planning and total quality management allowed all participants to look at what excellence looks like in a different context. Most importantly, there has been a lot of thorough planning and consideration with regards transferring these lessons back into their own associations.”
The FIFA Technical Leadership Diploma aims to become the ‘globally recognized qualification’ for Technical Leaders working in the game and prepares participants for the distinct challenges and opportunities faced by a Technical Leader within a Member Association. Five core domain areas are covered:
- Technical Leadership
- High Performance
- Coach Education
- Amateur Football
ll 25 participants listed below received a personal invite to join the programme:
RICARDO LEAO – BRAZIL FA
AABED ALANSARI – BAHRAIN FA
ROSS AWA – GUAM FA
INDRA SJAFRI – INDONESIA FA
MOHAMAD BASSEM – LEBANESE FA
CARLES ROMAGOSA – THAILAND FA
BHEKISISA BOY MKHONTA – ESWATINI FA
BENJAMIN KUMWENDA – MALAWI FA
JAQUELINE SHIPANGA – NAMIBIA FA
WALTER STEENBOK – SOUTH AFRICAN FA
ALI MWEBE – UGANDA FA
LYSON ZULU – ZAMBIA FF
IVÁN NOVELLA – COLOMBIAN FF
ANTON CORNEAL – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FA
LUIS CASTRO – ARGENTINE FA
STIPE PLETIKOSA – CROATIA FF
KAY COSSINGTON – ENGLISH FA
JANNO KIVISILD – ESTONIAN FA
MARIANS PAHARS – LATVIAN FF
DIANA BULGARU – MOLDOVA FA
ANDREW GOULD – SCOTTISH FA
LILI BAI – ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION
JAYNE LUDLOW – MANCHESTER CITY FC
PATRICIA GONZALEZ – FIFA
BUMAN-UCHRAL BOLD – MONGOLIAN FF
ALDI IQBAL – INDONESIA FA
For more information about the FIFA Technical Leadership Diploma click here.