Women’s U20 Super League Gains Momentum

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is piloting a women’s Under-20 Super League with seven school teams registered and competing on a regular basis.

According to Jackey Gertze of the NFA Women’s Desk, the league kicked off on 27 March 2014 and so far three rounds of matches have been played between teams from Windhoek and neighbouring towns Rehoboth and Okahandja.

“The whole idea is to create a positive and beneficial relationship and cooperation between school-based girls’ football and the NFA. The league also gives a platform to players under the age of 20 which guarantees regular play for such core players of the national team,” Gertze said.

She added that the league was also aimed at selecting and preparing the Namibian team for the annual Zone Six Games which take place in December.

“Zimbabwe will host the Zone Six Games this year and it is an important competition for us. This league will therefor help us have more ladies to pick from and have a formidable team,” she said.

The NFA Women’s U20 Super League is supported by long-term football partners FIFA and GiZ and is complimented by health education benefits for the players.

The league in Windhoek is coordinated by national team player Mamie Kasaona and administered by Raeree Cole Mungendje, while the referees are senior Gladiators who are trained as referees. Matches takes place every Thursday and Friday at Eldorado Secondary School.

Eldorado leads the league after three rounds of matches, followed by Centaurus High and Rehoboth high schools combined team in third place. The other teams are an Okahandja select team, A. Shipena High, Cosmos High and Hochland High.

Eenhana, in Ohangwena region will be the next pilot project for the Under-20 Women’s Super League once all logistics are in place.

“Our sincere wish is that the CAF African Women’s Championship later this year will leave a legacy which will take women’s football to all our regions while also contributing to attract the best players and administrators,” Gertze said.

This past weekend, the league hosted its first ever tournament at the NFA Technical Centre which was won by the Galz and Goals team who beat Eldorado High School 2-1 in the final.

Source : The Namibian