By John Tuerijama
IT was unpleasant to have heard that the NFA was struggling to get players in camp and send them to Senegal for the dead rubber AFCON 2017 qualifying match against Senegal.
It is common knowledge now that Namibia lost 2-0 to the Lions of Teranga.
I do not ascribe the loss to the issues that preceded the trip to Senegal, nor do I say that the coach and players should not take responsibility for the loss.
That the players were attending training from home, without their foreign based counterparts, already bode ill for the match against Senegal.
It had to take a strike threat to get the NFA to promise the players that their outstanding fees will be paid. Had provision been made, the players would not be holding the association to ransom and our foreign based players would have joined the camp and maybe we would have done better in West Africa.
I have since gotten to understand the issue regarding the lack of funds to honour player’s payments.
The reason why there were no funds is because of Namibia’s hosting of the 2016 COSAFA Championship a few months ago.
Remember, when Government, through the Ministry of Sport, decided to inject N$8 million in the hosting of the regional championship? The question that now comes to mind, in the midst of all these mishaps, is from which budget the Ministry got the N$ 8 million?
Did the N$ 8 million given to the NFA to host the regional showpiece, come from the budget meant for the national football association?
You really can’t tell me that Government sacrificed the country’s international obligations; I mean the CAF and FIFA obligation, just for us to host the COSAFA Cup. If yes, then that is worrying.
I know of many countries which opted not to host regional events including the COSAFA Cup because they had no resources to do just that.
Now my speculation is sound and substantive, and the very thing that makes my stomach sick is why did Government decide to inject the N$8 million when NFA had already submitted the national teams’ international roster?
Perhaps the director of sport, Shivute Katamba, should explain to the public where Government got the N$8 million when they knew through the Sport Commission’s office the programme of the Brave Warriors, Brave Gladiators and the Baby Warriors.
Somebody must take the blame. You really can’t tell me that nothing was earmarked for our continental and FIFA qualifiers.
Now the NFA is technically bankrupt because it can’t pay for players’ flight tickets, accommodation and training centres simply because we have misplaced our priorities.
My last question: The NFA is said to have taken a loan from an undisclosed financial institution but yet again what guarantee was given to this bank and who really gave the guarantee?
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