Rukoro applauds womenÔÇÖs amateur football league
The Secretary-General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Barry Rukoro has applauded the creation of the amateur women’s football league which kicked off in Swakopmund this past Saturday.
The league, which was formed with the aim to keep young women who had completed matric from roaming the streets while at the same time potentially producing talent for the women’s national sides, features eight teams.
These are the Swakopmund Football Club, Namib Daughters, Dream Team, Santos Air Time, Coastal High, DRC Ladies, Hanganeni Girls and West Side High.
“It is the best thing which can happen to Namibian women’s football. The NFA thoroughly welcomes these initiatives, and they can only do well for the culture of football in the country.
We are more than happy to support”, Rukoro noted.
Furthermore, he encouraged other regions to follow in these footsteps and establish their own women’s leagues, stating that the NFA would be willing to partner with such endeavours, which may fall in some capacity under the NFA.
“People are less likely to support you when you are on your own, but under the NFA, we would be able to help with the organising and enhancing capacity in terms of coaches,” he said.
Rukoro stated that there is a possibility that depending on the success, the amateur women’s football league could in future serve as a first division of the Namibia Women’s Super League.
The Super League, which is the women’s equivalent to the Namibian Premier League, has enjoyed varied degrees of highs and lows. The Jacqueline Shipanga Academy FC were crowned champions in the 2011/12 season.
However, due to financial constraints last year, it took a backseat in order for Namibia to host the ninth African Women’s Championship in October, which was eventually won by Nigeria.
Speaking earlier this year, coach of the Namibian senior women’s football team and organiser of the Super League, Jacqueline Shipanga called for support for women’s football.
“We have so much talent, but it must be nurtured, and we can only do that if we have support.
As operational people, we have the administration in place, but we need money to take it further and realize the dream of the Super League.
We have about 11 teams which are ready to play, and it is a pity that we don’t have financial support,” Shipanga lamented.