Namibia Will Be Ready – Oliphant

The chairperson of CAF’s inspection team tasked with inspecting Namibia’s readiness to host the African Women Championships, Dr Molefi Oliphant, says he has no doubt that Windheok will be ready to host the ninth edition of the championships scheduled for 11-24 October 2014.

Oliphant, who led a CAF Inspection team on a three-day visit to Namibia says South Africa’s experience of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the CHAN competitions in January this year, should stand Namibia in good stead in her quest to host a successful tournament.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with nfa.org.na, Oliphant said having served in both the World Cup and CHAN’s Local Organizing Committees (LOCs), and being a neighbour of Namibia he felt obliged to use his experience and expertise in ensuring the successful organisation of the Women Championships in October.

On the readiness of the facilities, Oliphant said the Namibian Football Association (NFA) and the LOC are on track in their preparation to host the event. He indicates that having served as a match commissioner in Namibia before, during both previous World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, he already knew that the Independence Stadium met all the necessary requirements.

According to Oliphant the two stadia (the Independence Stadium and Sam Nujoma Stadium) earmarked for hosting the tournament, “technically speaking” meet the requirements, taking into account that the Independence Stadium has previously played host to international matches, while ‘the two stadia have been given a go-ahead to host any match.’

Oliphant however pointed out that there were one or two minor things that would need a finishing touch, such as the dressing rooms which will need ‘a bit of a touch up,’ but was quick to emphasize that these minor renovations would soon be attended to by the NFA and the LOC.

“We inspected the hotels and I must confess that hotels in Windhoek are inferior to non in Africa, let alone the world,” Oliphant said, adding that hotels such as the Windhoek Country Club Resort, the Safari Hotel and Hilton Hotel all meet the standards required by both CAF and FIFA.

Oliphant was also delighted that his team was afforded an opportunity to meet with government representative, the deputy minister of sports, Juliet Kavetuna. He said the meeting was a clear sign of reassuring CAF that the government supported the NFA, which would have found it difficult to host the tournament without the support from government.

Oliphant said his inspection team would visit Namibia again in August, ‘to make sure that all those things that we felt should receive attention, have been attended to.’

Source : The Namibian