The Namibia Football Association, NFA today appointed Roger Palmgren as the new coach for the Brave Warriors, succeeding Bernard Kaanjuka who quit earlier last month.
NFA Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro confirmed the appointment, saying that Palmgren has extensive experience in Africa, having worked on the continent for more than 19 years.
His first experience in Africa was when he led a youthful Sierra Leone national team to their first ever Africa Cup of
Nations qualification and participation in 1996, hosted and won by South Africa.
Building on his knowledge of the continent, Palmgren also had a stint in the DR Congo as Technical Director for
the national team (which he helped qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 2000. He moved to Rwanda
where he was again successful when he won the regional CECAFA Cup. He has altogether presided over 47 full
international games as head coach and a further 23 as the head of a youth national teams.
Roger also served as technical director at Amazulu in South Africa before he was appointed to the position
of head coach to save the team from imminent relegation, which he did.
The team eventually ended up in the
much respectable 7th position and qualified for the MTN Top 8 competition for the first time ever.
reached the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup the same season.
Apart from that Palmgren, who is a holder of UEFA PRO-license, has coached a number of clubs in his home country of
Sweden and Europe.
“The NFA believes that he will bring some valuable experience and professionalism to the
national team of Namibia. His appointment will become of effect when all legal procedures have been completed,” states Rukoro.