African Women Championship Trophy Arrives

With less than 30 days to go, NFA president John Muinjo on Sunday afternoon arrived with the CAF African Women Championships trophy at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, after tabling a report on the readiness of Namibia to host the ninth edition of the continental women football showpiece.

Muinjo said the report he shared in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, was well received by the CAF Women Championships Organizing Committee, chaired by South Africa’s Molefi Oliphant, but there was still work to be done.

“The committee was overall satisfied with the progress made thus far but there are a few critical issues that were identified through the last inspection that CAF wants us to zoom into and take care of as soon as possible. But having been given the trophy which came from Equatorial Guinea who are the holders, is an indication that the tournament will go ahead in Namibia and that encourages the LOC to further tackle issues related to it,” Muinjo said.

He however indicated that he was going to brief the Local Organizing Committee, chaired by Namibia Sports Commission’s Shivute Katamba, on “these issues so that we can get moving with them. I am indeed confident that we can address the issues as we have government support and representatives on the LOC,” he said.

Regarding the report, Muinjo could only divulge that the government will be screening the Ebola-affected countries participating and monitor them for 21 days while a Response Unit will also be available for the duration of the championship which runs from 11 to 25 October in Windhoek.

The CAF Committee expressed their appreciation of TN Mobile as title sponsors of the championship.

“It is the very first time that there is a title sponsor for the Women Championship and CAF is very grateful to Telecom Namibia for coming on board in trying to make this tournament a spectacle that it should be,” Muinjo said.

CAF president Issa Hayatou, accompanied by his wife, will be in Namibia for the duration of the championship as it is customary, while on the field of play, “players will be subjected to a pre-competition medical assessment (pcma) to determine their fitness levels and to screen for any other related illness that can lead to players collapsing during play.”

The medical assessment is an important method to screen athletes for health risks prior to their participation in sport. Medical history, physical characteristics and pathological findings might substantially influence the risk of future injuries as well as other health risks associated with active sport participation including sudden cardiac death, FIFA says.

Muinjo said the assessment was also discussed at the last NFA Congress in Rundu and will be introduced in the foreseeable future in Namibian football.


Source : The Namibian