The nominees of our main category “German Football Ambassador 2014” were announced.
Berlin/Qatar, November 19th 2013 – The programme “GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR” nominated Monika Staab (Coach of the Qatar women’s national team) for the first prize and this will be handed over at the Department for Foreign Affairs in Berlin on May 5th 2014. The other nominees announced at the meeting were: Winfried Schäfer (national trainer Jamaica) and Klaus Stärk (technical director Namibia).
All nominees are awarded prize money which is used to support social football projects in the respective countries of their choice. Monika Staab chose to support the UN recognized Layan campaign with her prize money.
“Layan Campaign” was setup by a group of great positive youth from The Gulf in order to provide help and assistance to Syrian refugees in north Lebanon. The campaign was named after a Syrian girl “Layan”; a baby who did not exceed seven months old and was suffering from heart disease leading to the deterioration of her health.
The Coach donated the prize money to the Lekhwiya club football player, Adel Lamy as he is one of the organisers that contributes greatly to the Layan Campaign.
The nomination certificate was given at the Qatar Football Association (QFA) stand in Aspire4Sport Exhibition and Conference in Doha by Mansoor Al Ansari, Director of National Teams Committee and Hani Balan, QFA Executive Committee Member.
Staab is a German Head Coach currently in charge of Qatar women’s national football team. Her influence on women’s football in Qatar has been tremendous since she took charge in February, 2013, by allowing more girls and women to play football at a professional level and thus having a direct impact on football development and growth.
The initiative was founded in 2011 by Roland Bischof and is represented by the football globetrotter Rudi Gutendorf. It recognises German trainers and players for their social work abroad while working and playing in sports and football. It is supported by well known institutions such as the Foreign Affair Office and the Goethe Institute as well as numerous experts and famous public figures.
Monika Staab has already taught football in more than 60 countries and supports mainly women’s and youth football: ‘‘I am happy to receive the nomination, because it stresses the important aspects of my work. I am also delighted that Qatar enthusiastically wants to promote women’s sport. “
In the coming weeks Winfried Schäfer and Klaus Stärk will visit Jamaica and Namibia for the introduction of their charity projects.
The winner of the award will be announced by the jury members (Rainer Holzschuh, Doris Fitschen, Uwe Seeler, Lutz Pfannenstiel, Peter Lohmeyer and Dr. Martin Schaefer) on the 5th of May 2014