Oshana Regional Football Association has trained 35 local coaches from soccer teams in the region.

The 35 coaches, of whom one is a female, were given an introductory course in the rules governing football as per the FIFA approved association football.

The training took place at Ongwediva from the 2nd to 6th June 2021.

“The training was important in the sense that it was the introductory course, and we had invited FIFA accredited instructors to train our coaches right here at home unlike in the past when these types of trainings used to take place only in Windhoek,” said Phillemon Shiindi, the organiser of the training.

“The coaches were excited. Now they have an introductory certificate in coaching, which they can build on in becoming professional coaches, who can go on to coach outside of the region and even to coach in South Africa. This is the beginning, which is important because it’s the first step, like you can’t get to Grade 2 unless you have passed Grade 1,” Shiindi stated.

Shiindi also said that the training was important because it is one step on the way to professionalising the Oshana Regional Football League.

“This will bring the standard of the league to a higher level. When teams are being coached by trained coaches it will improve our football,” he said.

The training was conducted in conjunction with Namibia Football Association.

In the photo: The trained coaches with their instructors.