WINDHOEK: Twenty-three aspiring coaches are attending a Confederation of African Football (CAF) ‘C’ license coaching course in the capital.
The three-week coaching course started on Monday and is taking place at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) office in Katutura.
In an article published on its website on Monday, the NFA said its Technical Director Klaus Staerke, who is also a FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) and CAF instructor, is the chief instructor for the course alongside another CAF instructor Willem Kapukare.
Also on the instructors’ panel are NFA coaching instructors Timothy Tjongarero, Ricardo Mannetti, Brian Isaacks and Woody Jacobs, whom Staerk is grooming for the future.
“We need to have our own people graduating through the ranks. These four have the experience and have been accredited as such by the NFA, and in future CAF will also assess them. So we will have more continentally and internationally-accredited coaching instructors, which can only be good for our development,” said Staerk.
During the course, various issues of importance will be covered, such as the NFA and CAF licensing systems and major trends in professional football.
They will also cover the consequences for youth training as well as planning and training, administration, co-ordination and the factors that are important for improving performance.
Tactical lessons, youth training, laws of the game and the players’ observations will also be emphasised on during the three-week coaching course.
“Specific technical and tactical areas of the game such as goalkeeping, fitness training, coaching practice, sports medicine and nutrition will also be covered, with the Brave Warriors team doctor Gerson Kandjii set to lecture on sports medicine and NFA Match Commissioner Boy-Boy Ndjadila scheduled to cover the laws of the games with the coaches,” the NFA stated.
Psychologist Dr Mara Mberira is also on the programme, and she will be talking to the coaches about the psychology of leading a football team.
NFA/CAF Education Officer Timothy Tjongarero said “CAF will be sending an examiner to conduct the examinations since they are the ones who will be responsible for accrediting the coaches afterwards.”
The participants for the coaching course are Tataati Komeya (Tigers), Esau Katjeho (Epukiro Primary School), Tiranus Dengeinge (Golden Bigs), Errol Damaseb (Shalom Primary School), Benedictus Hoaseb (Ramblers), Lesley Nganjone (Tura Magic), Imms Kalimba (Ogongo-Unam), George Dlamini (Rundu Chiefs), Andrew Tjahikika (African Stars), Ernest Kupe (United Stars), Absalom Mushaandja (Windhoek Prisons), Eveline Noreses (Emma Hougenhoudt Primary School), Michael Nalukaku (Young Tops), Onward Utele (Unam Bokkies), Itumba Alex (A & T Soccer Academy), Alma Mupupa (Alma Soccer Academy), Fillemon Shiindi (Foxy Academy) Linnex Kanyehu (Hope Soccer Aacdemy), Rodney Veseevete (Kavango United), Stephanus Isaack (Karibib Soccer Academy), Uamunavi Tjauira (St, Barnabas Primary School), Rejoice Uirab (Scorpions Football Club) and Alfons Hoeb (21 United).
The coaching course ends on 09 November.