Namibia and Westphalia celebrate 20 years of sports cooperation

WINDHOEK; The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia (FLVW) celebrated 20 years of cooperation in sports development recently.

A media statement issued by the NFA on Wednesday said the celebration saw more than 150 guests convene at the Kamen Kaiserau Sport Centre in Kamen, Germany last Friday.

FLVW president Hermann Korfmacher was quoted in the statement as saying what started out in the field with a pure soccer exchange has developed in recent years to further development projects.

The cooperation between the two countries include Namibian teams and coaches getting training at high performance training centres in Germany under an agreement between the NFA, Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and the Westphalia Football Association.

Brave Gladiator Veweziwa ‘Vewe’ Kotjipati and former Brave Warrior Collin Benjamin, who played for Hamburger SV and TSV 1860 München, shared their German experiences.

Kotjipati, who plays for the second team of FSV Gütersloh in the Westphalia Women League, was quoted as saying Germany has become her second home.

Meanwhile, Benjamin also recalled his first days in Germany that started at the FLVW premises, saying it all started at Kaiserau.

“This partnership has influenced my career,” he said, speaking about his first visit to Westphalia mid-1990s.

Currently, Namibia’s Under-18 boys’ football team is in Westphalia, Germany preparing for the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Youth Games and the U-20 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) championship.

The team left Namibia on 10 May, with their visit to that country that is set to come in end on 23 May.

According to the statement, the young Namibians recorded a 4-1 victory over Westphalia’s Under-17s last week Wednesday with Jandjamuje Maharero bagging a brace, and Brandon Kotongondo and Bonifatius Paulino scoring the other goals.

On Tuesday, Namibia’s Under-18s faced their counterparts from Westphalia Under-18 at the Karmen Kaiserau Sport Centre and the encounter ended one-all, with Venonineja Tjikundi scoring the goal for the Namibians.

The team will now play on Thursday against a Westphalia junior select team and then prepare for their trip back home. They land at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Sunday morning.