There is an English saying which says “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”. This is what the participants of the recently completed FIFA MA Women Football Coaching Course can attest to. The was a lot of work in and out of the classroom as the coaches were being trained by the hard working Namibian born FIFA Instructor, MS Jaqueline Shipanga.
“Your knowledge as coaches has been enhanced”; said the Eswatini Football Association President (EFA), Mr. Adam Mthethwa. This is an indication that the participants are now expected to implement what they have learnt from this course thus they will be perfect vehicles of the football association towards the development of football in the country. “Having this course works well towards the realization of our objective as the football association”; Mthethwa said. The President of the EFA also highlighted that as a way of developing women football in the country, the aspect of empowering local coaches is very key inorder to properly develop the girl child.
On the other hand; the FIFA Instructor Ms. Jaqueline Shipanga acknowledged FIFA and EFA for their effort towards the development of women football in the country. “I congratulate FIFA and EFA for making this course possible and also the fact that Eswatini is one of the few countries who participate in women football international competitions”; Shipanga said. She also acknowledged the country for sending a women’s football team to the Region5 games in Botswana as this competition presents a perfect opportunity for coach educators to gain more expertise. The FIFA Instructor also eulogized COSAFA for her effort owards the development of women football and also making deliberate attempt towards the embracement of the development of the girl child.
The participants through Mrs Nonhlanhla Shoulder-Massoya acknowledged FIFA and EFA for the facilitation of this course and also for them being the participants as they have benefited a lot.