Guest Contributor | Jun 7, 2018 | 0
Africa Cup of Nations here we come!
Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Competitions Manager Titus Kunamuene is in Port Gentil, Gabon as the Assistant General Coordinator for the venue that will host the action from the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2017 tournament, 14 January to 05 February.
The official football website for NFA said that Kunamuene who is already in Gabon on Wednesday, said their venue will be host to the Group D first round matches of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations, featuring Ghana, Egypt, Mali and Uganda and they will be responsible for ensuring all logistics are in place for the matches.
“This is the biggest level of African football and we have to ensure that the venue is ready for the games. We are responsible for the venue administration, ensuring that the matches are perfectly organized and consistent with all the other venues,” said Kunamuene who will be deputizing to CAF General Coordinator Samson Adamu from Nigeria.
Fresh from being General Coordinator at the 2016 Cosafa Under-20 championship in South Africa last month, Kunamuene is looking forward to his CAF assignment.
“This responsibility opens and enlightens me so much and I’m very humbled because it is not everyone who gets to be here in this capacity and for me is very special and I have no doubt I will continue to empower myself and impact the game back home in terms of venue management and administration,” he added.
The General Coordinators liaise with the Venue Media Officers, members of the Technical Study Group, Marketing Venue Manager, Protocol Officer and Security Officer, among others. The youth programme, (flag bearers , players’ escorts) anthems and announcements and the countdown to the match, all forms part of the CAF General Coordinator’s duties and responsible.
The newly built Port Gentil Stadium is located in Gabon’s commercial capital Port Gentil and has a capacity of 20 000 seats. The Stadium also houses a 26-room hotel, an athletics track and two basketball courts.