Thursday, June 9, 2011

Female Coaches Take Center Stage At CAF Coaching Course

CAF Coaching Instructor Jacqueline Shipanga returns from Ethiopia this week after successfully conducting a CAF Instructors course for Anglophone women coaches in Addis Ababa.

Shipanga, national coach of the women soccer team, conducted the course together with CAF Technical and Development Director Abdel Moneim Hussein, Fran Hilton Smith- Technical Director of South Africa Women's Football and Uche Eucheria, head Coach of Nigeria Super Flacons.

The two coaches Shipanga and Eucheria were also presented with CAF B-Licenses after their course participants successfully received their CAF coaching C-licenses’ as well.

According to the Shipanga’s observation , she might be lost to the Namibia national soccer team the Brave Gladiators soon:

“The way things are going I might just be lost to the Brave Gladiators by the end of the year as I will end up doing more work for CAF and FIFA”, she said.

But she stressed that she will continue to serve the game locally as well.

“I would also focus my attention in Namibia on NFA Coach Education with Klaus Staerk, the NFA youth development work and talent identification by touring to the regions”.

And as a great leader she has turned out to be, Shipanga will facilitate for a smooth transition in the national team's technical ranks before he finally steps down.
“And ensure that only the best of best technical staff assembled to take the Gladiators to greater heights”.

Shipanga thanked the NFA for their support in her endeavors and the Namibia society that inspired and motivated her to follow her love for Sport.

“I am extremely indebted to the NFA for their trust and boldness to appoint not only a female in a top position like that but to coach the team for the past five years is incredible.

“But in life we all grow and we all have dreams and aspirations, bigger fish to fry at times if you want to put it that way”.

Shipanga future plans would be to “serve in a more administration or technical role”.

Albeit all this success, Shipanga intend on going back to school, as she believes that is the key to the future.

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