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NFA to send delegation to Football for Friends camp

by Rodney Pienaar

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will send a delegation to attend the 2018 Football for Friendship (F4F) camp which will take place for the FIFA World Cup kick off.

The delegation; Shanel Nakurua, Thandi Mabuza, Michael Situde and Antonoitt Tsuses will form part of an initiative that brings together young people from 211 countries and encourages them to play the game while upholding the value of friendship, equality, peace and respect.

F4F is organised by the official partner of FIFA and major sponsor of the World Cup Russia 2018, Gazprom.

Shanel Nakurua (11) is a grade six (6) learner at Pioneerspark Primary School and she has been selected to attend the camp as a junior journalist while Thandi Mabuza (12) is a soccer player and schools at Emma Hoogenhout.

Tsuses will go as an official guardian for the duo and Michael Situde will be heading the delegation.

The sixth season of the F4F programme will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be contested between host Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.

Speaking on the selection of the young ambassadors, Congress member of the NFA, Michael Situde, said, “The selection of the young ambassadors from Namibia is an extension of our support to this unique global initiative. The programme is a wonderful opportunity for the ambassadors to build ties of friendship among children from around the world and foster peace and harmony through the beautiful game of football. We wish our young ambassadors all the best for the programme and look forward to their contribution in promoting the key values of the programme, in Russia, as well as in Namibia.”

The programme is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children’s charity funds, and the world’s leading football clubs.