Namibia will be ready- Oliphant

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The Chairperson of CAF’s inspection team tasked with inspecting Namibia’s readiness to host the African Women Championships, Dr Molefi Oliphant, says he has no doubt that Windhoek will be ready to host the ninth edition championships scheduled for 11-24 October 2014.

Oliphant, who led a CAF Isnepction team on a three-day visit to Namibia says South Africa’s experience of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the CHAN competitions in January this year, should stand Namibia in good steed in her quest for hosting a successful tournament.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with nfa.org.na, Oliphant says having served in both the World Cup and CHAN’s Local Organizing Committees (LOCs), and a neighbour of Namibia he felt obliged to use his experience and expertise in ensuring a successful organizing of the Women Championships here in October.

On the readiness of the facilities, Oliphant says the Namibian Football Association (NFA) and the LOC are on track in their preparation to host the event. He indicates that having served as a match commissioner here before during both previous World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, he already knew that the Independence Stadium met all the necessary requirements.

He says the two stadia ( the Independence Stadium and Sam Nujoma) earmarked for hosting the tournament “technically speaking” meet the requirements, taking into account that the Independence Stadium has played host to international games previously, adding that “the two stadia have been given a go ahead to host any match.”

However, Oliphant points out that there are one or two minor things that would need a finishing touch, such as the dressing rooms which will need “a bit of touch up”, but was quick to emphasize that these minor activities will soon be attended to by the NFA and the LOC.

“Yes, we inspected the hotels and I must confess that hotels in Windhoek are inferior to non in Africa, let alone the world”, says Oliphant, adding that hotels such as the Country Club Resort, the Safari Hotel, Hilton Hotel etc., all meet the standards required by both CAF and FIFA.

Oliphant was also delighted that his team was afforded an opportunity to meet with Government representative, the Deputy Minister of Sports. He says having met Government was a clear sign of reassuring CAF that the government is in support of NFA, as the NFA would have found it difficult to host the tournament without the support from government.

He also indicates that his inspection team with again visit Namibia sometimes in August, “to make sure that all those things that we felt should receive attention, have been attended to.”