… As Namibia leaves for Mauritius next week
By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro has urged the national under-17 football team, affectionately known as the ‘Baby Warriors’, to focus on something greater than themselves.
Talking during the official launch of the 2018 Scorpion Zinc edition, Rukoro in his attempt to have the young chargers focused on the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Under-17 championships billed for Mauritius from 19 to 29 July, said that the players must be prepared mentally and physically for what is lying ahead in Mauritius.
“Your love for your country and its people and what you are prepared to do for both must remind you that you love your sport,” he said. Players must learn to leave mistakes behind and refuse to carry their mistakes on and off the pitch with them during their campaign in Mauritius.
The NFA secretary-general called on players not to worry too much about perfection but instead aim for excellence, adding that perfection is simply an illusion but accepting failure in one’s programme is part of the process of becoming an accomplished footballer.
Rukoro in his mentoring called on the players to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. He urged the young charges to learn to be the best players they can be including the best team they (players) can be.
“Once you have prepared mentally and physically for the games then you are ready to do your best. The best that they (players) can do is to cultivate a learning mind-set instead of a fixed one,” said the secretary-general.
“Many young players believe its talent that counts. But, you either have it or not, and as a result they do not put in the hard work needed to overcome deficiency, hone a skill to excellence, or develop the mental strength and flexibility to bounce back from failure, and to understand success as being part of the bigger picture.”
Rukoro was reminding the young players of the importance of doing extremely well during the campaign in Mauritius, which if they win the championship they will qualify for the African Under-17 Championship pencilled for Tanzania next year.
Meanwhile, Scorpion Zinc General Manager (GM), Irvine Simataa gave the young players football gear to represent the country in unison. The visibly excited Simataa said that originally the contract with the NFA was for three years but is excited that the relationship has grown.
He said that the idea was to give opportunities to the more vulnerable communities to grab the chance presented in their quest to become valuable players in future.
Simataa added that the young players must aspire and be inspired to one day be world football stars if they maintain team-work, excellence and a winning mentality.
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