Nam football shares expertise with Swazi
Namibia’s FIFA accredited Football Administration and management instructor Barry Rukoro will be conducting a week-long FIFA Basic Administration course at the Swaziland Football Association Technical Centre in Lobamba, Swaziland.
Just a few days, after overseeing the successful hosting of the ninth edition of the CAF African Women Championship, Barry Rukoro jetted off to the Swazi Kingdom on request of FIFA to share his knowledge with football administrators in Swaziland.
“The journey continues, we have to move on and share our experiences with others for them to learn from us as well. We have done it and we can inspire others. Football changes every day and with the African women championship, we have learnt so much and during the FIFA course in Swaziland, I will have to use very recent practical examples to make the participants understand better,” Rukoro said.
Quoted by the Swaziland Observer, Swaziland Football Association’s first vice-president Nicodemus ‘Ace’ Mashwama on Monday said,“We would like to thank FIFA for bringing the course to the country as it will give our administrators football wisdom. We hope administrators will take the course seriously and further use their knowledge for the development of football in the country. We would like to also thank government for its continuous support in developing sports in the country in particular football”.
Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs representative Darius Dlomo also lauded the world’s football mother body for providing such a course. He further welcomed FIFA instructor Barry Rukoro to the country.
“For any football team to be successful it will need well informed administrators. You should all take the course seriously because this is a great opportunity. During our days as administrators we did not get such prestigious opportunities. After getting your certificates you should go back to the different Tinkhundla Centres to kick-start football initiatives,” reported the Swazi Observer.
Swaziland FA’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Comfort Shongwe also thanked FIFA for bringing the course and then congratulated Namibia for hosting a successful African Women Championship.
“We also thank our country for giving us a competitive friendly match, where our senior male national team played against their Namibian counterparts. I am very positive that the participants will take the course seriously so that the standard of football in the country can develop,” Shongwe said.
The course will be a week long as it will end on Friday and is attended by over 30 regional football associations’ officials including former National Football Association (FA) first vice-president Timothy Shongwe and Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) COO John Mazibuko amongst others.