Football in Namibia
Football is clearly the number one sport in Namibia, a fact that was recently confirmed by the National Sports Commission. The national team (the Brave Warriors) enjoyed their greatest day when it qualified for the finals of the African Cup of Nations in 1998, held in Burkina Faso. They also reached the Final of the COSAFA (confederation of South African football associations) Cup in 1997 and 1999. Countless players have earned transfers to clubs in Southern Africa, while a number have also plied their trade on a different continent. The most famous are Mohamed Ouseb (Kaiser Chiefs, South Africa; Lyn Oslo, Norway), Collin Benjamin (Hamburger SV, Germany), Razundara Tjikuzu (Werder Bremen/Hansa Rostock, Germany), Eliphas Shivute (Motherwell, Scotland; Pingan Schenzen, China), Oliver Risser (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), and Quinton Jacobs (Partick Thistle, Scotland; MSV Duisburg, Germany).
The first Goal Project
On 20 September 2003 FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter opened the new headquarters of the national association in Windhoek. The project is being financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. Construction work is progressing according to schedule and the building is due to be inaugurated later this year. These new facilities will provide the national association with the perfect environment to complete their daily tasks, introduce new development programmes and coordinate the domestic league championship. «The construction of our own House of Football marks a turning point in the history of our association, as we will now have the independence we need and it is a symbol of the strength of the international football family,» said Petrus Damaseb, the president of the national association, when the foundation stone was laid.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Windhoek
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 20 September 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 198,000 Total cost USD 598,000