We will all agree that Namibian football is in a coffin, on its way to be buried. There appears to be no scope to resuscitate it and get it back to full life again. I am aware that many individuals have taken their own time and resources to find sponsors for football. I am talking here about the Namibia Premier League which has lost its MTC sponsorships. It is common knowledge now that the loss of sponsorship has resulted in loss of income for players who wholly depended on football for a living.
It is said and painful to see helpless young men who have no other means of income and who do not know where their next piece of bread will come from. Some may make a mockery out of the players and the officials who dig deep into their pockets to help some of these players. Already, some of these players come from homes where they were the sole breadwinners. With the current state of affairs, entire households are affected because the players have no income security. And mind you, some of the players are at the end of their careers. The longer we don’t know about the future of local football, the faster we are pushing these players into a life of uncertainty.
We also know of the downstream opportunities created by football. The ‘meme kapanas’ are also feeling the pain of lack of NPL football. They cannot sell food or drinks to the hundreds or thousands of fans that used to throng to the stadiums.
The list does not end there. We have physiotherapists and security companies who also depended on the NPL. They too are left wondering whether they will ever offer their services to the NPL again.
As stated earlier, I have heard of people speaking to various organisations to come to the rescue of football. There appeared to be hope but the events of this week have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. We have read in a local daily how football officials are at each other’s throats. We further read how they are fighting to influence sponsors and how some of them want recognition for being the ones who have secured the sponsorship.
Here is news for you, fellows: Your childishness, greed and selfishness may have just chased away any other sponsor that may have developed compassion.
They say perception and reputation precedes you. Right now, the public’s perception about Namibian football is very negative. Not even a fly would want to touch it.
I also wonder whether these fights that have become public have anything to do with football or are we using football as the arena for our personal issues. You don’t need to be reminded that your actions have an impact on thousands of players and fans and vendors who depend on football for a living. You should be ashamed that your selfishness has caused our football irreparable harm and damage.
We are left wondering whether we will ever see our players kicking leather this year. We are already in February and there is still no football since September last year. That is indeed a crying shame. I am also left wondering why people are in positions of power if they cannot solve the problems of football. Instead, they are fighting for selfish reasons.
Take note that the present and future generations will hold you personally responsible for the demise of football in this country.
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