…as NFA Women Super Cup kicks of tomorrow
A humble act, not often familiar in the sport fraternity, former Brave Gladiators’ head coach Jacky Shipanga has dedicated her NSC Chairman’s Excellence Award money of the tune N$10 000 to bringing back women football after a drought of sponsorship for nearly a year.
Shipanga is the main author of what will kick off tomorrow – the NFA Women Super Cup. Her idea of bringing back women football has received great reception with other women football enthusiasts who also pledged their monetary contributions that has brought the total to N$61 000.
“The reason why I resigned was because we cannot have a situation where you are a national coach and Namibia has two or three games per year. That is not good enough. It is extremely important that our girls participate in competitions. Competitions are the key to any success. We can have the best technical centre and players, but if we do not expose them to regular and intensive quality competitions, we can forget about qualifying for major events,” said Shipanga.
The cup will double as preparation for the 2018 Women African Cup of Nations qualifiers early next year where Namibia takes on Zimbabwe. This is on top of extra preparations for the Cosasa Cames that will be hosted by Namibia next year.
“We could not have a situation where we have another year ending without women football. I wanted to give the girl child the chance to participate and to compete. The cup will also give the head coaches and opportunity to scout for players,” said Shipanga.
On top of Shipanga’s contribution to the cup, Thru-Pass added another N$1600 that will be divided for the Player of the Match prize in the 16 games; N$1000 from local musician Wambuseun for the Player of the match; N$10 000 from the NFA; N$30 000 from the NFA President Frans Mbidi of which N$5000 will be dedicated to the northern participating teams; N$1000 from the NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro for the goalkeeper of the tournament; N$1000 from Immanuel Hamutenya; N$5000 from the Namibia Players Union; and 16 cellphones from TN Mobile. German development agency GIZ will offer their support in kind.
Tura Magic Ladies FC, V-Power Angels, Mighty Erongo FC, Oshana Queens FC, Khomas Nampol FC, Galz & Goals FC, Right Way FC and Western Angels FC will be vying for honours as from tomorrow starting at 07h00 at the NFA Technical Centre. It will be interesting to see if the champions Tura Magic still have what it takes to rumble. The teams have been divided into two groups and the final is scheduled to be played on 03 December, at the same occasion of the NFA Debmarine Cup in Gobabis, Legare Stadium.
“We need to start walking the talk. Gone are the days when we used to say we want things to happen. We the women ourselves need to show that we are determined when it comes to women football. As little as you are willing to contribute, the girls are ready to play.
The coaches are ready and the administrators are hungry.”
Shipanga added that she anticipates growth with the cup next year saying that the cup will have no less than N$200 000 in sponsorship. Speaking on the importance of grass root development, Shipanga said that regional structures need to come on par when it comes to development.
“I am concerned that the regions are not producing the stars. I’m concerned that //Karas is not producing the next Zenatha Coleman. We tend to think that the talent is only in Windhoek but it is not. The players migrate to the regions where football is being played,” said Shipanga before calling on the public to come support the Super Cup at the Technical Centre tomorrow. Entrance is N$5.