IT is not every day that one receives good news from a Namibian national team but when they do bring home very good news, they need to be acknowledged and encouraged to do better than before.
A ‘well done’ or ‘thank you’ is sometimes sufficient to acknowledge the hard work and success of those entrusted to prepare a team for international or regional competitions.In this case, I take my hat off to Under-17 national football coach, Timo Tjongarero who became only the second Namibian coach after Ricardo Mannetti to win a Cosafa trophy.
Namibia’s Under-17 boys defeated South Africa on penalties in Mauritius last Sunday to be crowned champions of the southern region, against any one’s expectations.May it be said here and now that Timo and his boys already deserve a nomination for team of the year and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) should feel obliged to reward these boys for lighting up our collective spirit as Namibians.
In a country where everything seems to be doom and gloom, it is rare to receive such good news from young boys who have all the talent to take our football to another level provided the N FA invests in them
I don’t know which country will host the Cosafa Under 17 championship next year but it will definitely count in Namibia’s favour if the NFA again requests for the hosting rights. I know budget will again be an issue but the positive spin-offs from such events should not be under estimated.
Our focus, going forward should be about doing what is good for Namibia and Namibian football. One good thing is to continuously develop our players at all levels and both genders. And it works even better if it happens very early in their football careers. International friendlies and regional competitions is the way to go.
Resting on our laurels is definitely not an option. Borrowing from the political slogan, ‘Forward ever, backward never’, Namibia should do all in its might to ensure progress and success.With Africa set to be given two places during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, I don’t see the reason why we cannot build a vision around that competition. That vision should be built around these Under 17 boys.
As I sign off, I once again say congratulations to Timo, his players and the technical team. You have done Namibia proud. The history books are welcoming you with open arms.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015