The NFA/Westphalia Introductory coaching course began on Monday morning at the Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) Headquarters in Windhoek. A total of forty (40) coaches will graduate from the programme that is aimed at enhancing the skills of coaches at schools and development level.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the coaching course, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Honorable Emma Kantema-Gaomas highlighted the importance of the MOU agreement between the two countries.

“It is my singular honor to stand in front of you today and officiate at this first Namibia and Westphalia introductory football coaching course for teachers under our Memorandum of Understanding. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture entered into a bilateral agreement to develop youth football in Namibia in 1994. It is a reciprocal agreement where the Namibia Youth Team travels to Germany bi-annually and Westphalia visit Namibia too.”

She added that the main focal point of the programme is to expose young Namibian boys and girls to early football developments rigors to prepare them for future international competitions.

“Through this agreement Namibia has been able to produce notable football players who went on to make a name for themselves locally and internationally namely Collin Benjamin, Ricardo Mannetti, Razundara Tjikuzu, Fillemon Kanalelo and Johanness Hindjou.

The course will give the NFA an opportunity to increase the number of youth coaches in the country to align with FA’s vision of youth talent development and identification.

Carsten Busch, who is a DFB Instructor, will conduct the course and will be assisted by NFA Senior Instructors,Timo Tjongarero and Marvin Mbakera while Brave Warriors Head Coach will feature as a guest lecturer.

Here are the coaches attending the coaching course: