IT’S a shame that there are Namibians who are so unpatriotic that they have the audacity to criticise and belittle Brave Warriors’ to reach the knockout stages of the CHAN finals, currently underway in Morocco, at which they have already beat Ivory Coast in the opening match of their campaign this past Sunday.
I have had fairly healthy altercations with fellow Namibians, who have taken it upon themselves to critique the Brave Warriors, and that alone makes me wonder, if we have Namibians who are able to sell this beautiful country of ours to foreign nationals.
I think it’s imperative that fellow countrymen and women understand the importance of patriotism, which is the quality of being patriotic and vigorous in support of one’s country, and a feeling of loving your country more than any others, and being proud of it.
Let’s from the onset give our charges and technical team, under the tutelage of Ricardo Mannetti, the benefit of the doubt. After all, looking at the quagmire we had in football a few months ago, and the absence of our elite domestic football league, they have undoubtedly accomplished a lot in the shortest possible of time.
Let me call on my fellow compatriots to rally behind the boys, instead of criticising the young lads, after they were labelled as the competition’s underdogs, and yet they went on to beat one of the tournament’s favourite.
This was no mean feat, as we have shown and demonstrated of what mettle we are made off.
I personally will forever be patriotic and pro- Brave Warriors, even during stormy weather, and instead of being armchair critics, let’s start questioning what we can do for our country, instead of what the country can do for us.
I like my fellow patriots, have faith in our Brave Warriors’ talent and determination to excel beyond the group stages, and that will surely be possible if we as football fans and Namibians shower them with congratulatory messages for their victory this past Sunday, and we will be spurring them on during the match against Uganda tonight at 21h30.
My appreciation goes to the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, even though she is in Morocco in her official capacity, to support the team. She has over the years been a fervent sport administrator, from the heading the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), and her love for sport is immeasurable.
I so much wish that she will be elevated to the position of minister, as she understands sport and its dynamics.I, for one, won’t be surprised if told that within our parliament, Tjongarero is the obvious choice, as she has in-depth sport knowledge and expertise, and can bring a measure of positive changes within our sporting fraternity.Let me also congratulate Okahandja mayor and former Brave Warriors’ midfield stalwart Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou` for having travelled to Morocco, to support the boys.
That moral boost is highly recommended, and if we can have more Namibians travelling to Morocco, the more the merrier.
Taking each match at a time, and with caution, is the right approach, so boys, let’s overcome Uganda tonight, and book our place in quarterfinals.
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