WSL gets boost ahead of final weekend
Teams in the league received brand new playing kit as well as various training equipment from football’s main body Fifa.
It is believed the sponsorship will help the players to look as good as what their performance in the league has been.
“We’ve had a vision to have a league where the top players in the country can compete in. That is how the WSL was born,” explained Jacky Gertze, a member of Namibia’s Football Association’s (NFA) Executive Committee.
She went on to say that there are plans to turn the six team league into one that will contain eight clubs next season.
Those two new clubs are also set to receive the same sponsorship.
This development augurs well for women’s football as the national team selectors will get a broader pool from which to select players ahead of the 2014 African Women’s Championship which Namibia will host.
The Head of the WSL, Jacqui Shipanga, who is also a Fifa representative added that this kind of initiatives can only bode well for the future of women’s football in Namibia.
“Sponsorships of this nature are opportune platforms for networking and sharing developmental best practices,” she said.
The NFA Secretary General, Barry Rukoro, added that Namibia is the only country among 209 Fifa members to receive such assistance.
“This is because there is no countries that can claim to implement Fifa’s programmes better than Namibia. That is why Namibia has been used as a case study at three football symposiums held by Fifa,” he said.
The sponsorship comes at a time when the WSL is heading into its final stage with JS Academy well on the way to winning the league.
The Academy just needs a point from their two games this weekend as they lead the standings with 46 points, six ahead of Okahandja Beauties who have one game to play.
That means only Poly Babes can stop the Academy from winning the league but they would rely on some heavy defeats by the latter, coupled with some heavy victories of their own.
Saturday’s games will take place at Eldorado School Field while on Sunday the teams will do duty at the Soccer House Field.
Saturday, August 4
12:00 21 Brigade United v JS Academy
13:50 Poly Babes v Unam Bokkies
Sunday, August 5
10:00 Poly Babes v JS Academy
11:50 Okahandja Beauties v Unam Bokkies