… Says strikers, defenders let team down
By John Tuerijama
BLUE Waters’ team manager Tostau Imbili has blamed the club’s strikers and defenders for the coastal giant’s dismal performance during the just-ended MTC Premier League.
Imbili made these remarks after the outfit had a disappointing campaign after only garnering 32 points from the 30 matches played.
These events have further prompted the club to return to the drawing board and to amend its constitution.
The administrator stressed that the club will reaffirm its old values which, he believes, have been severely compromised.
He added that although the team employed new players at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, some players did not take the campaign seriously while others picked injuries and stopped playing.
“We are going to release some players whose age is not in their favour as age is a huge challenge but our focus will be mostly in the defence and striking department,” said Imbili.
“These are the players who let the club down, especially in our two final matches against both Civics FC and African Stars FC.”
“It was such a shock and disappointment and I am not going to blame the technical committee or management but the players themselves.”
He also took the issue with the team’s supporters he accused of only being seen at the stadium when the team is doing very well but are never seen when the team is doing poorly.
Imbili questioned the loyalty of the supporters whom, he says, have now turned to supporting the “ E n g l i s h Premier League (EPL) instead of their very own domestic football”.
“These are supporters who do not have the team at heart and former players who are supposed to play a role in the development of the team but are another toothache. Let them (former players) come and support the team.”
“I personally went from house to house mobilizing supporters and as management we have always honoured our players’ salaries.
This is always done with the help of the management who dig deep into their pockets to ensure players are paid timeously.”
Imbili also said although the team was struggling financially, the executive gave N$45 000 on top of the Premiership grant of N$65 000 to take care of the bills incurred.
He said the double headers saw Blue Waters forking out N$19 500 which include transport, accommodation and food.
Imbili further congratulated African Stars FC for being crowned the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Debmarine Cup winners after beating the University of Namibia (Unam) by a solitary goal and winning the MTC Premiership.
According to Imbili, his club wishes to revive the relationship it enjoyed in the 70’s and 80’s with African Stars FC and Life Fighters FC.
He said Blue Waters FC will have their 2018/19 pre-season in July depending on the availability of funds.
The Club’s secretary general King Mandume told Confidente this week that the general meeting held on the 17 May, resolved to extend the mandate of the interim committee to 7 July.
“We have resolved to amend the constitution that will in turn be inclusive of some other sports codes to broaden our scope and not just concentrate on football alone but have codes like netball, hockey and cricket team,” Mandume said.
“In the hope of diversifying the club we intend to establish these clubs just like we have the Blue Birds in the second division which is our feeder team.
“Basically, looking forward we will be bettering and rectifying some of the mistakes we had in the 2017/18 football season. I must admit that we were very lucky and by God’s grace we ended 13th on the log standing. That is why we need to focus on the challenges as a matter of urgency.”
Mandume added that the club will have proper preparations for the 2018/19 football season.
“As we intend on turning the club into a semi-professional team, we want to have professionals in our technical staff and management. People have taken football as a career and want to add value to the day- to-day running of the team.”
Mandume stressed that the club has received little or no support as the sponsors only assisted with the club’s developmental team and have since ceased doing.
He added that currently LHU which is a sponsor; is about to retrench close to six hundred employees but the team is now hunting for a potential sponsor to come on board.
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