FOOTBALL lovers are now seriously fed up with the way Namibian football is being kicked around by those who have been entrusted to lead it. What boggles the mind is the silence which has engulfed the state of affairs. Information is shared in bits and pieces, and only a few people are kept abreast of what is happening, if any. We hear of officials exchanging angry letters and emails, accusing each other of holding football to ransom. For many Namibians, football is their daily bread. It may not have occurred to football administrators that football is a Namibian thing, but judging from the frustrations expressed by young and old, it is wise to assume that the people of Namibia deserve to be told what exactly is happening. The nation will be happy to be told where football is now and where it is going. A press conference by all the parties involved will help put things in perspective, for those who love the game of football. Sadly, the beautiful game has turned into something ugly that is being used to settle personal scores. Football administrators, including club bosses, have taken their supporters for a ride for far too long, and I for one think that its time they express themselves in uniformity on what they really want to do. We were told that the NPL interim committee has been disbanded and replaced by the NFA hoc committee, chaired by an NFA executive member. However, we still see the interim committee giving itself the platform to speak on football matters, while threatening to challenge the NFA on the legality of its disbandment. It is logical to ask under which framework the interim committee is operating. What is really happening? Is the ad hoc committee constitutional? Would it be fine for the interim committee to challenge it, and if so, under what authority would a disbanded interim committee challenge the NFA’s actions? From what the NFA was willing to share with the public, we have learned that a draft NPL constitution has been forwarded for scrutiny. Wasn’t this constitution supposed to have been adopted by now? We also know that the NPL currently uses its 2003 constitution, which is clearly outdated. Yet, it is the one which some clubs are now using to dissolve the NPL. How interesting. And then we have NFA President, Frans Mbidi, telling a local newspaper that the NPL will eventually kickoff its league on 12 June. That’s a week away and no sponsor has been announced. What the heck is really going on in our football? And what about the rebel league that some clubs have threatened to form? Where does that leave the rest of the clubs? It’s a known fact that the disbanded NPL interim committee announced at the football stakeholders meeting, convened by the NFA Patron, President Hage Geingob, at State House earlier this year; that 12 May was supposed to be the kickoff date for the 2017 season, and nothing came to fruition. Why? Since the NFA ad hoc committee is only answerable to the NFA and not the NPL Board of Governors, which is still in existence, it seems as if the NPL interim committee members are oblivious about what is happening in the NFA ad hoc committee. Or have they resigned, but never bothered to inform the nation? Football followers have the right to know about any progress being made by the ad hoc committee, and even if the five members of the NPL interim committee are part and parcel of this new body. It is embarrassing to note that even club owners don’t have a single clue about what is happening, because nothing is being communicated to them. The silence and the impasse is creating more frustration among fans and players. It may escalate to something undesirable, and we need to get the wheels of football rolling, before things get out of hand. I implore the NFA ad hoc committee to be transparent, and accountable to the football fraternity. Let there be a press briefing that will deal solely with the affairs of the NFA ad hoc committee, so that we can be informed about what has transpired since it took charge.
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