CAF Women’s Champs Trophy in Windhoek… Impressed With Namibia’s Progress

Less than 30 days remain before the curtain rises on the much anticipated CAF African Women’s Championship to be hosted by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in Windhoek next month, while the championship’s trophy has already arrived in Windhoek.

NFA supremo John Muinjo recently flew out to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he presented Africa’s football governing body with the report on Namibia’s readiness to host a flawless football spectacle.

He enthusiastically revealed that the report was well received by the CAF Women’s Championship Organizing Committee, chaired by South Africa’s Molefi Oliphant, but did admit that there were still some rough edges that needed to be smoothed out.

“Overall, the committee was satisfied with the progress we made thus far but there are a few aspects that were identified through the last inspection that CAF wants to zoom in on and take care of as soon as possible. Holders Equatorial Guinea handed over the trophy to hosts Namibia, an indication that the tourney will go ahead and that encourages the LOC to vigorously want to tackle the relevant issues.”

Muinjo however indicated that he was going to brief the LOC, chaired by NSC Chief Administrator Shivute Katamba, on the issues and expressed confidence that all sub-committees would address the concerns while applauding government’s support and representatives on the LOC.

It has since emerged that the Namibian government will be on alert and has undertaken to screen potential Ebola-affected participating nations, monitoring the visitors for 21 days while a Response Unit will be on standby for the duration of the championships.

Meanwhile, the CAF Committee expressed their appreciation to TN Mobile as title sponsors for their support for the continental championship.

CAF President Issa Hayatou confirmed his attendance.

All participating players will be subjected to a pre-competition medical assessment (pcma) to determine their fitness, and screening will also take place for any illness that can lead to players collapsing during play.

The medical assessment is an important method used for screening athletes for possible health risks prior to participating in sport.

The medical assessment was discussed extensively at the last NFA Congress in Rundu and is expected to be introduced in the not too distant future in domestic football.

Source : New Era

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