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Namibia FA thanks BFA for support

GABORONE, Botswana – The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has expressed gratitude to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) for its generosity after including it in the recent and vital International Instructors Course (IIC) powered by the German Football Association (DFB).

“On behalf of the entire Namibia Football Association, the Executive Members under the leadership of President Mr. Ranga Haikali and Secretariat led by Mr. Franco Cosmos, I would like to extend a word of great appreciation to BFA as well the DFB. Let me also recognize the BFA Technical Department spearheaded by my fellow Technical Director and colleague, Dr. Carolin Braun for partnering with Namibia on this prestigious International Instructors Course,” said Jaqueline Shipanga, NFA Technical Department.

Shipanga noted that these types of courses are very rare in Africa and even in the world at large, that specifically focus on the empowerment and Capacity Building of Coaching Instructors. 

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“We received great reviews from all the (9) Instructors that attended the course.  It was one of the best courses conducted, that challenged their roles as Instructors, football knowledge, methodology and especially enhancing their virtual technical presentation skills,” said Shipanga adding that, “Finally to DFB, you have always remained a great partner for the Namibian Football Development, more specifically through the expert services of former NFA Technical Director, Klaus Staerk.”

Aptly tagged ‘DFB International Instructor Course (IIC)’ from the German Football Association, the unique 5-day online class held last month wasdesigned to educate instructors of all levels in organised football, as part of the “International Sports Promotion.”

The BFA Acting Technical Director, Carolin Braun recently added that, “the course offered practitioners the opportunity to acquire supportive and practice-oriented teaching aids to increase their overall effectiveness of the education they offer. The aim is to link the existing football-specific and interdisciplinary skills of the instructor more strongly with methodical, social and media competencies.”

BFA Ag TD, Dr Carolin Braun

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Draw for historic 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup set for Thursday 17th June

The draw for the 2021 COSAFA Cup will be staged in host city Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday, June 17 as preparations for the historic 20th edition of the regional showpiece competition kick into gear. The 12-team tournament will take place from July 7-18 and returns after the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The draw will be live on www.cosafa.tv from 11h00, when the fate of the competing teams will be decided.

And there will be plenty of excitement with the addition of west African powerhouse Senegal to the field this year as they make a guest appearance in what is a landmark tournament for COSAFA. The COSAFA Cup has, over the years, launched the careers of a number of top stars from the region and continues to be a major driver of football development on and off the pitch for not just players, but also coaches, match officials and administrators.

The competition will take on a new format for 2021 with the 12 teams split into three groups each containing four teams. This ensures each side will play a minimum of three matches. The top team in each pool, as well as the best second-placed finisher, will advance to the semifinals. There will be no Plate competition.

Zebras will know their opponents on Thursday ahead of the virtual draw

Senegal is the top-ranked side in Africa and sit at number 22 in the world and will make their debut in COSAFA competition. Guest nations from outside the region have, over the years, provided excellent entertainment and a contrast in styles that makes for fascinating viewing. The other 10 sides confirmed so far are no strangers to the COSAFA Cup and include hosts South Africa, defending champions Zambia and record six-time winners Zimbabwe.

Others to have booked their place are Botswana, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The 12th team will be confirmed in the coming days with a number of interested parties. Those who are competing in the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that start in September will be eager to use the tournament to fine-tune their preparations for a shot at making the finals in Qatar.

The 19 previous editions of the competition have seen some great performances and incredible games that have been written into the folklore of Southern African football, but only five nations can claim to have lifted the coveted trophy. Zimbabwe (six wins) lead the way, followed by Zambia (five), South Africa (four), Angola (three) and Namibia (one).

Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana have all twice been finalists, but ended up on the losing side on both occasions. Lesotho (2000) are the only other team to reach the decider.   

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