Katjaimo opens football academy
Radio sports journalist, Vezemba Rodman Katjaimo, has launched a football academy, which he says will pave the way for the development of the country’s future stars.
Katjaimo officially launched the Vezemba Rodman Katjaimo (VRK) academy two weeks ago at the St Barnabas Primary School in Katutura.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Kaitjamo said football has always been close to his heart, and that is why he came up with the idea to start an academy, which will help the young players gain football knowledge.
“I am not doing this in order to make money, but I just want the young ones with passion to improve their skills.
“My greatest plan will be to develop these players and link them with clubs outside Namibia, where football is taken more seriously than here,” Kaitjamo said.
The academy is, however, yet to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements with any outside clubs or academies.
Kaitjamo said that his academy will not only help young upcoming football players improve their skills, but he also aims to instil discipline in the players, so they do not fall into a life of alcohol and gangs.
“Football will not only put food on the table for these young players’ tables, but it will also help them become responsible members of society.
“We will teach them discipline on and off the field, as it is something very important, if they want to have a successful future.
“I have always had this dream and plan, and now it is time to implement it,” Katjaimo said.
The academy caters for children between the ages of 11 and 15, with special training programs on every aspect of football being offered.
The registration fee is N$100, which is also the fee payable per month.
Katjaimo is appealing to parents with children that have a desire to play football, to send them to the academy.
“I would also like to call upon anyone who is ready to sponsor us, to come on board and support the academy.
“The academy will add value to any sponsor that comes on board, in terms of branding and many other things.
“We all know that football requires plenty of money, and that is why it will be hard to survive for a long time, without a sponsor,” Katjaimo said.
Training takes place every Tuesday at the St Barnabas Primary School, opposite Football House, from 14h00 to 17h00.
Brave Gladiators skipper Uerikondjera ‘Mamie’ Kasaona is currently coaching the young players at the academy.