WOMEN bring something special to the game of football, says NFA Women's Desk coordinator Jackey Gertze.
Gertze was delighted that last week's Fifa Administration and Management Course held in Windhoek had nearly as many female as male participants.
Eleven of the 29 in the group were women drawn from all over the country.
"I'm very happy to see so many women interested in upgrading on their football knowledge. When a woman is qualified, people respect her," Gertze said.
"I think women add something special to football. They bring so much more than just themselves to the game. The more women we have taking part in such courses, the better it is for women football and sport in the country in general," Gertze said.
The course was conducted by Fifa Regional Instructors Sipho Nkumane from South Africa and Namibia's Mathew Haikali.
Nkumane said he too was taken aback by such a large female contingent and it showed that womens football is on the rise in Namibia.
"Fifa focuses a lot on women's involvement in football. It is good to see that they are showing interest. It means there's a shift in the mindset when you have so many women taking part in such a high-level course," Nkumane said.
The course's core objective is to harmonise local football administrators with the uniform level of governance within Fifa world over, he said. Areas covered included the Fifa statutes, finance, marketing, competition and events management amongst others.
According to Nkumane, the success of the course could only be measured when the participants implemented what they had learnt.
"We assessed the needs and looked at the expectations of the participants for this course. They have to make a difference. It's up to them. If you capacitate people, then you expect that they can be able to make a difference," Nkumane said.
The course ran from Monday to Friday.
"Everything went smoothly. The participants were obviously keen to be part of the course," Haikali said.
Those in attendance were:
Jessica Nguaondu, Karin Gowases, Dawid Morgan, Joanitha Gowases, Sarafina Mushimba, Frans Windstaan, African Areseb, Isack Hamata, Dawid Goagoseb, Benediktus Munango, Jackie Gertze, Hanzina Garunas, Monica Shapwa, Mervin Geiriseb, Hofni Sakaria, Malakia Endjala, Ludwig Nunuheb, Gabeschipa Kasupi, Aletha Kandjoze, Tim Isaacs, Paulus Shipanga, Sem Nekwaya, Costa Khaiseb, Meriam Tjivikua, Roger Kambatuku, Alfons Ngutjinazo, Oiva Nauyoma, Hermina Gaoases and Jo-Ann Krohne.