WINDHOEK - The Jacqueline Shipanga (JS) Academy on Saturday won the Namibian Football Association (NFA) Women’s Super League and had defender Lovisa Mulunga voted Player of the Season.
JS Academy needed just one point to win the league going into the final round of matches and empathically dispatched 21 BDC United 5-1 on Saturday at the Eldorado field to clinch the title with a massive tally of 49 points.
Poly Babes also won their fixture against Unam Bokkies 8-1 to move into 2nd place ahead of Okahandja Beauties on 43 points.
But on Sunday, Beauties hammered the students 9-0 to reclaim the runner-up spot by virtue of their superior goal difference.
Babes suffered a 1-0 defeat against newly crowned champions JS Academy at the NFA Technical Centre.
JS walked away with a floating trophy, N$20 000 and 25 gold medals, while Beauties received silver medals and N$12 000 for the runner-up spot, with 3rd placed Poly Babes receiving bronze medals and N$6 000.
The 21 BDC United finished 4th and were rewarded with N$3 500, Unam ended in 5th place and received N$2 500 for their troubles, while 6th placed Challengers earned themselves N$2 000.
JS Academy defender Lovisa Mulunga was duly voted Best Player of the Season, with teammate Emma Naris (16) voted Best Young Player of the Season, while Poly Babes’ Lorraine Jossob walked away with the Most Improved Player Award.
Okahandja Beauties’ Emerencia Fredericks claimed the golden boot with 40 goals, with teammate Juliana Skrywer adrift in 2nd place with 29 goals followed by Academy’s Zenata Coleman in 3rd third place with 21 goals.
Bertus Bock of JS Academy won the Coach of the Season award and received a tracksuit and a FIFA coaching DVD, while Helena Iipinge of the 21 DBC United won the Manager of the Season Award. JS Academy also won the Fair Play Award.
Namibian Sun Sport writer Hector Homer Mawonga won the Sports Reporter of the Season Award and received a tracksuit, a trophy and N$500 in cash.
Each winner of the individual players’ awards received a trophy, tracksuit, cellphone and N$500 cash.
Meanwhile, the world’s football governing body, FIFA continues to make use of Namibian football experts in the field of administration as Barry Rukoro and Timothy Tjongarero travel abroad to conduct FIFA-accredited courses.
NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, also a FIFA-accredited administration and management instructor is currently in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he is conducting 6-day high-level FIFA training course.
NFA education officer Timo Tjongarero has also been dispatched to Malawi to assist that country’s football association in rolling out the nationwide FIFA 11 for Health Programme.
The former African Stars midfielder is a qualified FIFA 11 for Health coach and will be conducting the Teachers/Coaches Training Course programme after the successful pilot project that was carried out in that country.