ALTHOUGH I have great respect for the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s leadership under the tutelage of Frans Mbidi, I earnestly failed to understand the logic of having constructed a state-of-the-art stadia in Omuthiya, Oshikoto Region.
I tried looking at the probable socioeconomic benefit, but I sincerely fail to come up with a conclusive scenario or reasoning to truly convince the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to construct a stadium in Omuthiya Gwiipundi, a town proclaimed during the 2007/08 financial year.
Sure, we all know that the construction done through a FIFA project, had no financial ramification in the sense that they (Omuthiya Town Council) injected no funding whatsoever. However, the question remains: what was it that convinced the NFA leadership to select Omuthiya as the beneficiary. To start off with, the town has had no football history, or rather, Premier league clubs or a strong football following to warrant such benefits. Or was the selection done on its town status?
I think that as a nation, we have the right to know what happened and to get a proper explanation as to why certain decisions are effected without any hint of regret. As a fervent football supporter despite being a sports journo, I have never heard of any football club hailing from Omuthiya maybe those in the know, could share with us the football background of the town.
The ideal scenario, could have been for the football leadership to select Tsumeb, a town known to have had football clubs of note such as Chief Santos and Benfica to mention but a few. As for Omuthiya to have a stadium seating 40 000 spectators is but nothing than satisfying the egos of some.
Don’t get me wrong, I am 100 percent behind the decentralization policy, but building a stadium just because Omuthiya is a town, that alone does nothing but injustice to the beautiful game loved by so many. I sure wonder which football clubs will make use of the stadium. How do we expect to host international competitions if infrastructure is constructed in the remotest areas, I mean it would have been reasonable to have selected towns like Otjiwarongo, and probably Tsumeb, as these towns have premier league potential.
A town like Otjiwarongo which is boasting three clubs would have been the ideal beneficiary by renovating the dilapidated Orwetoveni stadium. It is important for the NFA leadership to make decisions that will warrant change were a certain sport is already being played or take centre stage during the weekends but Omuthiya, My God! Perhaps, it would have been a welcoming development if the town council of Omuthiya engaged the MTC Premiership clubs in Tsumeb to request their fixtures be scheduled for Omuthiya but I guess such elaborate thinking from the town councilors were far-fetched. Or rather, the NFA regional leadership should have contacted the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to have some premier league action at the stadium. This would have had Tsumeb-based teams playing their home games in Omuthiya, which is roughly 10 kilometers from the copper town, but again facilities such as accommodation and other service providers could be a problem. It is an artificial turf that cost the global football body N$8 million, as things stand the stadium remains a white elephant, begging the question as to whether the stadium will ever be optimally utilized. Quoted in a English daily recently, the town’s chief executive officer, Samuel Mbango“We will now organize and form teams, so that we can initiate a league, because we cannot let such a magnificent facility go underutilized. We received maintenance equipment and additional turf patches to fill or repair when it is damaged.”
Despite the floodlights being catered for in 2019, Tsumeb-based teams can have their fixtures played there during the day as basic amenities were a priority.
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