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Sport - Football | 2018-01-26

Omaheke and Zambezi in action at the Namibia Newspaper Cup.

WINDHOEK – The Khomas Region has started preparations for the 2018 Newspaper Cup which will be held in Katima Mulilo by advertising the positions of head coach, assistant coach and team manager to lead the team.

Speaking exclusively to Nampa on Tuesday, regional chairperson David Goagoseb said anyone interested can apply.

“We are looking for someone with a minimum of a Confederation of African Football (Caf) B-Licence with five years coaching experience at a higher level - premier league, first and second division - for the head coach,” Goagoseb said.

He said for the assistant coach, they are looking for someone with a minimum of a Caf C licence with the same amount of years in the job.

For the manager, they want someone who is well versed with junior football matters, especially in the Namibian context, with good youth management experience.

“He must be able to co-ordinate all off-field football activities for the team to ensure that all players and off-field staff are provided with the highest level of support to enable them to compete and perform at the optimum capacity,” he said.

The team manager will be the link between the coach, parents, players and the team, he explained.

The experienced football administrator said they encourage anyone to apply, including foreign coaches who are able to work with youths, work overtime and work on a voluntary basis.

He stressed that there are no monetary returns for the technical team.

Goagoseb said they decided to advertise the positions this year as a way of being open and transparent and afford any qualified individual who would like to be involved with the regional team, the opportunity to apply.

“Previously we gave opportunities to coaches and we have struggled to produce the desired results as coaches do not understand their mandate. Coaches use the platform to advance their clubs using the region. We now want neutral people who understand the regional expectations,” he added.

The successful candidates will be given a two-year contract.

“We want to build a strong team for this year and next year. At the same time we also want continuity. This is a development tournament,” he stated.

Goagoseb said the Khomas Region has won the tournament more times than any other region in the country, having won it four times since the Newspaper Cup's inception, having last won the competition in 2011.

The closing date for applications is 31 January. - Nampa