The Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) women department hosted an U/17 girls' talent identification tournament in Windhoek from the 2nd to the 4th of June, in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
//Karas Region secured the top place by winning against Galz & Goals Academy from Khomas Region in a 3-1 final score.
Four regions were represented at the tournament, including six school clubs from Windhoek.
The //Karas team which joined for the first time has proven its commitment and readiness by team and, coach Dino Pieters, led them to victory in his first big tournament.
He was trained earlier this year through a coaching course supported by GIZ.
“Our team has certainly gained confidence through winning the tournament and we will continue to train hard as we have not yet reached our full potential,” Pieters said.
In addition to football the event featured healthy lifestyle activities, namely HIV and AIDS testing and condom demonstration offered by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and general health testing such as a blood pressure check provided by Donna Medical Services.
Amazing Kids Private School and Academy from Windhoek took home the healthy lifestyle prize as the team most committed to the healthy lifestyle aspect of the event.
“I am impressed by the number of coaches, parents, volunteers and staff members that used the opportunity to get tested for HIV and other health checks at our event, and thus lead by example for the girls,” said Jacqui Shipanga, NFA’s General Manager of Women’s Football.
She added that NFA is grateful to GIZ for sponsoring this important event and together with co-sponsor UNICEF for investing in the holistic development of the girl child, through striking a balance between football and healthy lifestyle education.
The NFA Galz & Goals league is expected to kick off today in the capital. The Under 15 and 17 league will be played every Wednesday and the under 13 and under 20 leagues will be played every Friday.