IT doesn’t look that we will ever iron out this deep rooted financial crisis crippling our beloved football, and this rather unfortunate problem is destined to haunt us right into next year if drastic measures are not taken to remedy the situation.
I don’t know if it is the short-sightedness of our national controlling body’s administrators who dismally failed to plan, or planned to fail. We this week heard the sad news that Namibia will not be represented at the COSAFA Under-20 tournament in South Africa next month. Namibia has been replaced by Sudan which is a few places below us in the CAF and FIFA rankings.
You really can’t tell me that the NFA’s top echelons did not know about the COSAFA Cup that they just woke up now to realise that they needed N$1.2 million to prepare and send the team to South Africa.
Perhaps, time has finally arrived for the so-called seasoned administrators at the NFA Soccer House to relinquish their responsibilities to a younger, capable, innovative yet willing breed at the football administrators.
My argument is simple, plain and entails a whole lot of common sense. It is no excuse for the NFA leadership to tell us that the Association needs N$1.2 million to have our boys participate in South Africa while they went out of their way to secure a loan from a banking institution to ensure Namibia completes her FIFA World Cup qualification obligations.
Why didn’t the football authority embark on the same crusade to salvage the situation?
Or was it a deliberate, intended and well calculated decision by the football leadership to disregard the competition as they know there are no serious repercussions as is the case with CAF and FIFA competitions?
One wonders how that decision by the NFA bosses has psychologically affected the players. With the Namibian Premier League in a slow but painful freefall to yonder, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti could have had an opportunity to scout some potential talent for the senior team.
How far are we going to be haunted by mismanagement and this plague affectionately known as ‘no-funds’?
National football bodies, especially within the SADC region have over 12 months to thoroughly prepare for the regional COSAFA tournaments, be it at senior or junior levels. So the blame for our non-participation is squarely on the shoulders of the football administrators.
The latest drama is symptomatic of what has been happening at that white building known as Football House. We have been told many times and even since the inauguration of the NFA Soccer House by shamed FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the NFA Football House is a people’s house and is free for scrutiny by the public and media yet what’s happening is blatantly the opposite.
Emails to the NFA secretary general go unanswered and when one does the follow up on the email sent, you are told in no uncertain terms that the email has not reached the office of the SG. One really wonders what’s going or coming, if at all.
Why does football struggle to get sponsors while ‘smaller’ codes like tennis, hockey etc are securing big bucks for their projects and programmes?
The great pity here is that footballers are getting the shortest end of the stick and their wellbeing is compromised.
It is really painful for the Under 20 players to not be able to show what they have in their brains and legs. And there was indeed extra motivation to do so this year. We remember that the senior national team won the COSAFA Cup last year and the Plate Final this year while the Namibian youngsters won the COSAFA Under 17 tournament earlier this year. The Under 20 boys were all geared to emulate their senior and their younger brothers. Whether they would have come back to Namibia with the gold medals we will never know, thanks to the bungling officials in that Football House.
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