Tournament coordinator Astrid Vries strongly believes that the new seven-aside tournament would help women’s football in Namibia to grow and add value to the existing programmes such as Galz & Goals League as well as the national team.
Eight schools in Windhoek received equipment from the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) for U-15 seven-aside School, Girl Competition over the weekend. The tournament is set to start next year on February 22 and will conclude with a Girls’ Football Festival in May.
According to New Era Newspaper, the Namibian Football Association (NFA) is one of the 16 associations chosen by CAF to host such tournaments. CAF gave each participating school N$10 000 (R10 000) as preparatory grants.
“We hope to create more women football competitions after this, and it will also determine if the tournament needs to be extended to other regions or not. All of that will depend on the success of the Under-15 seven-aside in the capital,” said Vries.
The eight schools participating in the competition, are A.I. Steenkamp Primary School, Amazing Kids Private School, Bethold Himumuine Primary School, Faith Primary School, Goreangab Secondary School, Mandume Primary School, M.H. Greef Primary School and Tobias Hainyeko Primary School.
The whole aim of the competition is to develop women’s football on the continent and create more football playing opportunities for women and girls.
“We are confident that this new league won’t only help to unearth more new talent but add a lot of value to existing programmes such as Galz & Goalz sponsored by UNICEF, the national women’s team and Galz centres and the women super league in partnership with the Skorpion Zinc,” added Vries.
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