Shapwa ready to change women’s football

NEWLY elected chairperson of the Namibia Women’s Football Association Monica Ndeshi Shapwa says her aim is to make women’s football more popular by ensuring the game is played in all corners of the country. Namibia’s top flight women’s league, the Skorpion Zinc Namibian Football Association (NFA) Women's Super League currently consists of 10 clubs: Tura Magic, Khomas NamPol, UNAM Bokkies, NUST Babes, Rightway, Galz and Goals, V-Power, Girls Football Academy (all Windhoek), Omaheke Queens from Gobabis and Namibia Daughters from Swakopmund. Shapwa was appointed chairperson at the NFA’s Annual General Meeting in Windhoek in September. In an interview with Confidente, she said her task is to create more awareness of the game in the regions and places where the women’s game has not been promoted, such as the capital, coast and east of the country. She aims at “Increasing the level of female participation in football; to grow the game through our already existing structures, such as the Galz and Goals initiative, which is supported by UNICEF and FIFA; to get more girls involved in it earlier; to keep more women in the game longer;… to collaborate with [the line ministry and] Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) in order to make women’s football compulsory in schools as part of their school sport codes.” She further aims to “further leverage the empowerment of women and the collective benefits of football, to ensure that more women have increased access to football in regions all over Namibia.”