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Stacey Naris, captain of Namibia’s national women’s team, has been nominated to join the board of FIFPro Division Africa.

It is up to FIFPro Africa’s general assembly to approve the board’s nomination in Zimbabwe on May 30 and 31.

“I have no doubt the appointment will be approved,” said Stéphane Burchkalter, Secretary General of FIFPro Africa. “Stacey Naris was the obvious choice. We know all about her through her good work at the Namibian union, NAFPU, where she has been a staff member since 2015.”

Naris will also join FIFPro’s Women’s Football Task Force, representing Africa’s female players. “She needs to make sure their voices are heard,” Burchkalter said.

“I cannot overemphasize the role football has played in my life, and I surely cannot imagine my life without it,” Naris said last week during a press conference in Windhoek, Namibia. “In my view, women in sport defy the misperception that they are weak or incapable.”

In 2017, the board of FIFPro as well as the executive committees of the divisions in Asia/Oceania and Europe welcomed women.

“It is vital that women players themselves are in the driving seat,” Burchkalter said. “For that reason, Division Africa will work to improve their working conditions and to ensure their status and rights are recognised.”

Naris will join Magdy Abdel Ghani, Anthony Baffoe, Cyrille Domoraud, Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe and Geremi Njitap on FIFPro Africa’s board.

At its recent meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the board welcomed the creation of the new women’s football department by continental governing body, CAF.

CAF plans to get all stakeholders around the table to talk about the future of the women’s game in Africa, said Geremi Njitap, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder who is president of Cameroon union Synafoc.

Njitap said that FIFPro Africa is pleased that CAF continues to consult current and retired players in decision-making.

“It’s important we continue to have input on issues like player health and the match calendar,” Geremi said. “We’ll also be involved with club licensing, young player education, child protection and working conditions.”