Referees represent Namibia continentally
By Melba Kaure
WINDHOEK – Namibian referee Dankie Shinana headed out to Cairo last week for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) New FIFA Referee Course.
According to the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Shinana was among new FIFA referees from the confederation who underwent physical, theoretical and technical tests during the course which ended last Monday.
Another referee, Jackson Pavaza is headed for Zambia as he led a delegation of Namibian FIFA accredited referees, to Zambia to officiate the CAF Confederation Cup Group C qualifier between ZESCO United and Recreativo do Lobolo in Ndola last Sunday.
Pavaza was joined by Dawid Shaanika, Jonas Shongedi and Mathew Kanyanga to Ndola in a match that ZESCO United won 1-0.
Meanwhile, NFA Referees Department in collaboration with the Omaheke Football League also hosted a referees’ introduction course in Gobabis’ Town Library and Resources Centre last weekend.
The football body According to an NFA press statement, the chairperson of Omaheke football Region Ludwig Crooks Nunuheb highlighted the importance for his region to have the course as they faced shortage of match officials, that it was high time that they train more.
“We have a serious problem with refereeing personnel in the region. We only have two qualified ones for the regional league and one of them is on study leave out of the region and the other is an ambulance driver and so his availability too is limited.”
“The idea now is to empower, with this course, at least three each from Tjaka, Epukiro, Otjombinde, Otjinene, Drimiopsis, Aminius, Omitara, Leonardville and many more from Gobabis, to ensure that we have a big trained pool of match officials,” Nunuheb said.