Namibians attend Football for Friendship at Russia World Cup

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will for the first time send four delegates to attend the 2018 Football for Friendship (F4F) camp which takes place before the FIFA World Cup, and on Thursday they left for Moscow, Russia for the exciting curtain-raiser to the World Cup.

Shanel Nakurua, Thandi Mabuza, Michael Situde and Antonoitt Tsuses will form part of initiative that brings together young people from 211 countries and encourages them to play the game while upholding the values of friendship, equality, peace and respect. F4F is organised by official partner of FIFA and major sponsor of the World Cup Russia 2018, Gazprom.

Shanel Nakurua (11) is a grade six (6) learner at Pioneerspark Primary School and she has been selected to attend the camp as a junior journalist while Thandi Mabuza (12) is a soccer player and schools at Emma Hoogenhout. The young duo are excited and looking forward to the camp.

Antonoitt Tsuses will go as an official guardian for the duo and Michael Situde will be heading the delegation.

The sixth season of the F4F programme will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be contested between host Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.

Speaking on the selection of the young ambassadors, Congress member of the Namibia Football Association, Michael Situde, said: “The selection of the young ambassadors from Namibia is an extension of our support to this unique global initiative. The programme is a wonderful opportunity for the ambassadors to build ties of friendship among children from around the world and foster peace and harmony through the beautiful game of football. We wish our young ambassadors all the best for the programme and look forward to their contribution in promoting the key values of the programme, in Russia, as well as in Namibia”.

The Football for Friendship programme has been organised by PJSC Gazprom since 2013 and has grown from 8 participating countries to 211 today. The programme is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children’s charity funds, and the world’s leading football clubs.