AFTER watching the Brave Gladiators being eliminated from the Cosafa Women’s Cup, and our under-20 national team losing 5-0 against South Africa in a World Cup qualifier, I have to ask the question: What is going wrong with our women’s football?
The Brave Gladiators hammered
Botswana by 4-0, and then went on to lose both their clashes against Lesotho and South Africa, which earned them a group exit from the 2017 Cosafa championship, being played in Zimbabwe.
The under-20 national team now faces the daunting task of overturning a five goal drubbing against South Africa, if they want to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive.
It can no longer be a case of simply going back to the drawing board and taking stock, while our women’s football sinks further and further into the doldrums.
The fact is that the Brave Gladiators only played one international friendly match, against Swaziland, and this was not enough to thoroughly prepare our girls for their Cosafa challenge.
We all know that the Women’s Super League has not started this year, due to a lack of sponsorship, and this has led to a further lack of preparation.
The preparation of the national under-20 football team was even more pathetic, as these girls did not even have one friendly match.
It would not be correct to blame Brave Gladiators mentor, Brian Isaacs, because he came on board after Jacky Shipanga called it quits.
I am also in full agreement with President Hage Geingob, who recently questioned the Namibia Football Association (NFA) top brass, during their courtesy call on State House, why international friendly matches are not being organised for the country’s national teams.
I think that the technical committees of both the Brave Gladiators and the U-20 team must conduct a detailed post-mortem, to ascertain what went wrong.
I have also heard that talks are at an advanced stage with Skorpion Zinc, which has shown an interest in sponsoring the Women’s Super League next year.
I wish to personally congratulate the mining company for their contribution towards the development of football.
Shipanga will also be travelling extensively throughout the country’s 14 regions, to scout fir much-needed talent, and it goes without saying that funding is critical, so that the development of women’s football can be prioritised.
Namibia has the potential to be a powerhouse as far as football is concerned, and there is no better way than finding out what its sister countries in the region and continent are doing, to promote the sport.
Perhaps the relationship between the NFA and its Women’s Department should also be scrutinised.
Is the NFA Women’s Department, for example, getting the necessary support it deserves?
I personally think that a lot more is needed and perhaps Cosafa could be instrumental in the promotion of women’s football, since we have been told that football development is a priority in the sub-region.
Let the NFA also organise international friendly matches, and find the money to do so.
The Brave Warriors are scheduled to feature in the 2018 CHAN tournament in Kenya early next year, and yet there is no talk of international friendly matches.
How do we expect our boys to put up an exceptional performance in the competition, if competitive friendly matches have not been organised ?
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