Uefa maintains Namibia FA support

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The Union of European Football Association has reiterated its commitment to enhance and boost the beautiful game in Namibia through the Uefa Assist Programme.

The project, which was established back in 2016 helps confederations and their members with football development.

This includes capacity building programmes such as development of youth talent, tournaments and small infrastructural programmes.

Uefa’s international relations head, Eva Pasquier, led a three-member delegation to Windhoek in Namibia on a fact-finding and training mission which ran from last week and ended on Monday.

Their visit to Namibia was primarily aimed at analysing the current state of football in the country so as to determine possible ways through which football can be developed in future.

“We had three days of situation analysis where we spoke to various stakeholders, from government officials, to players and technical staff, spectators, sponsors and even the media, as well as the staff of the federation and exco [executive] members,” Pasquier told the Namibia Football Association (NFA) website.

Pasquier said the timing was perfect given that the Namibia FA have newly elected leaders.

According to Pasquier, Uefa have shown a “great willingness” in kicking off football in Namibia and having it played in an orderly manner.

She noted that the regions and league organising by means of assisting clubs towards professionalism require work.

“We took note of the main objectives that need to be implemented within the coming year or so, in order to improve football conditions,” observed Pasquier.

NFA president Ranga Haikali said they explored all facets of development and kick-starting football through the Uefa mentorship programme.

Competitive domestic football is expected to resume in February 2021.

“We are all aware that all stakeholders want to see football resuming in the country, but there are many aspects to consider,” he said.

“There is a lot of capacity building, training, mentorship and making sure that all the legal obligations are met and that stakeholders are engaged, and resources are organised prior to kick off.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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