THE nightmarish financial woes within the sporting fraternity continue unabated, with the news this week that the Women’s Super League is unlikely to kick off as planned this year.
I was heartbroken to hear this news from the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women Desk Head, Jacky Gertze, especially because over 100 women players are affected.
The idea behind elevating the Khomas Women Football League to the Women’s Super League, a few seasons ago, was to give meaning and purpose to the young girls, whose ambition it is to one day represent the Land of the Brave in regional, continental and global football.
As things stand, their future ambitions are definitely in danger.
Proper planning for the Women’s Super League was needed at the end of last season, but it sure looks like there was never an alternative plan in place to the administrative assistance formerly given by FIFA.
And as things stand with the NFA, which last season assisted the league financially, it is unlikely that they will be able to assist, given the fact that their annual grant from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) has been drastically slashed.
The football association has received a mere N$3.3 million to assist the various national teams’ with international participation, and I doubt whether there is any funding left that could be injected into the Women’s Super League.
Unlike the Namibia Premier League (NPL), whose disbanded interim committee was said to have been successful in securing millions from various sponsors, although the deals are yet to be signed by NFA President Frans Mbidi, the future of the Women’s Super League looks bleak.
The question that has been troubling me ever since Gertze told me that there will likely be no league this year is: What will happen to the football careers of these young girls?
Is there any way that the NFA Women Desk can solicit funds and rescue the situation? I know that there are plans to have the girls at the NFA Galz Centre compete in the NFA Boys Football League when the schools resume next week.
It’s not just the Women’s Super League and the NPL that are affected – the lower divisions also have their eyes squarely fixed on the NFA to get them potential sponsors.
We may also see a situation where some of our junior national teams might not honour their international commitments, because of a lack of funds.
Are all these problems haunting NFA Soccer House being thoroughly prioritised?
I have not heard of any emergency meetings, especially by the NFA members themselves, to look at the challenges they are facing, and to find solutions.
It looks as if the association members are simply not proactive.
Where are all these first and second division clubs and how come we don’t hear anything about when their leagues will kick off or if at all there are attempts being made to solicit sponsors?
I sincerely hope that the NFA Women Desk will earnestly go out there and source any potential sponsors, who want to be associated with the women’s football. Surely women football has made positive strides, but now the situation is very much alarming.
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