Two of Namibia’s most promising coaches, James Britz and Mervin Mbakera, have left for Germany where they will attend a three-week International Coaching Course for an A-Certificate, the highest achievable coaching license.
Britz, who is the national Under-20 assistant coach, and Mbakera, who is the national girls Under-17 gaffer, flew out on Saturday morning. The trip was organised and funded jointly by the German Football Association and the Federal Foreign Office.
The 2016 German coaching course starts today and ends on September 23, with more than 30 participants from more than 20 countries expected to attend.
The two coaches spoke about their expectations: “I’m really honoured to be selected and to be part of this course. When the NFA approached me I did not hesitate, knowing that their nomination was based on trust and wanting me to go out and learn more,” said Britz, who is also Tura Magic’s assistant coach.
Britz said he will continue to play his part in local football development and that the sky is the limit. “I’ve been very lucky to work with youngsters and for me that is where it all starts. I’m also still involved with Khomasdal Football Academy and attending this course can only improve my knowledge and the way I do things.”
Mbakera echoed his colleague’s sentiments, adding that as a women’s football coach it was imperative for him to attend international courses to advance the game locally.
“There’s so much out there to learn and this course will only help me develop new ideas of how to make the game here for the ladies more appreciated and ensure that our players are up to date with the game,” Mbakera said.
Mbakera, a former Tigers assistant coach, also thanked the NFA for their drive to keep going, despite the challenges.
“The guys at Football House are really trying to keep the game going and this is testimony to that effect. Our football can of course be better off with more funds, but until that day we have to continue pushing and making sure all the girls and boys fulfill their dreams of playing organised, modern football,” Mbakera opined.