By Rebecca Magoma
Namibia Football Federation has elevated national senior and U-20 women’s coach Jacqueline Shipanga to a managerial role.
Shipanga, the most successful and highest qualified football coach in the country will take the role of women football manager, where she will be responsible for training
coaches, networking, improve stakeholder relationship and talent identification.
Shipanga will also head a specific U-17 Project aimed at growing talented players, potential coaches, and human resources that will enable the country actively take part in continental tournaments.
The International Masters degree in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport holder from Neuchatel University in Switzerland became the first black female instructor in Africa when Fifa hosted a female coaching course in Namibia in 2008.
In 2006, Shipanga was appointed as an assistant coach for Gabriel Freyer and they guided the senior Brave Gladiators to their first ever Cosafa Women Championship finals but they lost to South Africa.
As a coach, Shipanga’s greatest moment came at the Africa Women’s Championships that Namibia hosted in 2014 when the Brave Gladiators beat Zambia.
Apart from coaching, Shipanga has done the country proud through the development of women’s football in Namibia and she remains a huge asset.