I can’t help but reflect on the recent mishaps that have affected sport in recent months, with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) struggling to remunerate national players and the Namibia Premier League still not sure whether the national league will ever get a potential sponsor to get the ball rolling this season.
Let me focus on the reason why I chose the heading above. It’s a well-known fact that the key mandate of national football coach, Ricardo Mannetti is to have the Brave Warriors qualify for the 2019 AFCON showpiece.
The question that troubles me so much is whether there is enough capital to inject into the Brave Warrior’s coffers to actually ensure that the boys go out there and secure qualification for only Namibia’s third time in history. The first time we played in AFCON was in 1998, and them in 2008. If we do qualify for 2019, it will be well within our pattern of playing in the continental showpiece every 10 years.
However, I am worried that off the field issues will scupper our chances of going to AFCON in 2019.
The big question to ask is if there is a sufficient budget for the Brave Warriors to not only compete in the qualifiers but also to prepare adequately. And then players need to be remunerated for their services so that their morale remains high.
We would not want a situation where Mannetti will find himself in an unfortunate situation of not having international friendly matches due to budgetary constraints.
I really don’t want to jump the gun but these are some of the questions that wilfully come to mind, and if we want Mannetti to be successful in the execution of his duties all these factors must be taken into account.
I sincerely hope that the NFA has already submitted its budget, especially for the qualification matches that are scheduled for June this year. June may sound far but I am sure as always, we will be caught napping, not knowing where to get money for flights and accommodation.
Maybe the honourable thing to do is the NFA leadership to be frank and honest with the public in terms of what to expect and if there are no funds, let the public know the financial status.
Whether we going to have a successful qualifying campaign solely depends on the financial purse at the disposal of the NFA, and Mannetti’s programme for 2019 will only be successful if it can be accommodated financially.
Namibia’s success in the AFCON qualifiers depends on finances and the number of international friendly matches that Mannetti can secure.
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