…Organisers allege poor discipline
By John Tuerijama
WITH 40 schools competing in this year’s edition of the First National Bank (FNB) Namibia Classic Clashes, only two schools from the previously disadvantaged communities on the periphery of Windhoek made it.
Only Augustenium and Eldorado made the 2018 FNB Classic Clashes, and none from Katutura. Confidente sent questions to FNB Holding Communication Manager, Elzita Beukes to explain the exclusion of schools from Katutura and she said: “We have had other schools from Katutura and Khomasdal. The schools fell out due to either not adhering to the rules and code of conduct or misbehavior by spectators or students at the matches.
“Such ill-discipline is not tolerated as part of the rules. The Classic Clashes have over the years strived to accommodate schools from other regions as well. The Classic Clashes can only host 20 matches, and we try as much as possible to cover schools across the country and to date the Classic Clashes can be enjoyed across eight regions in Namibia.”
Asked if discipline and educational excellence plays a role in the selection of schools for the Classic Clashes, Beukes said that indeed the code of conduct is shared with each participating school.
Unlike other competitions, the Classic Clashes does not have defending champions in the discipline being competed for but instead it is direct rivalry between schools.
“All schools have been playing each other for five years or more,” said Beukes.
Also talking to this publication on the exclusion of schools in Katutura was the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) National Director, Solly Duiker, who said that schools like A Shipena Secondary School and Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School were part of the competitions but had to be excluded due to ill-discipline of the pupils.
The national director said that schools do not get picked but instead the individual schools do apply for possible selection.
“These schools are then given a two year contract based on their rivalry but unfortunately some of these schools were ill-behaved especially in football and netball. These unbecoming behaviors were fortunately recorded and broadcast as some pupils used foul languages, and we did not want to be associated with such schools,” said Duiker.
“We did discuss those unwanted behaviors with the sponsor and they did not want to be associated with such behaviors. However, schools can reapply and perhaps if successful they (schools) will be given a probation period.
“I must add here that the Hage Geingob Secondary School was extremely disciplined but unfortunately ill-discipline has tarnished the image of some schools. Such behaviors reflect badly on the schools from Katutura,’ said the national director.
He added that such unwanted behavior gives a bad name to the affected schools including the community from which the schools come from.
Duiker further said that the idea of the FNB Classic Clashes is to enhance rivalry amongst schools and have these schools market themselves through the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Former A Shipena Secondary School Principal, Rusten Mogane who retired late last year, alleged that the issue of ill-discipline by learners from schools in Katutura are unfounded. “I have been a principal for the past three years, and I have never been approached by the organizers of the FNB Classic Clashes. I met with the NSSU national director gave him some suggestions on what can possibly be introduce but I think the FNB Classic Clashes criteria is simply discrimination of the environment and not race,” stressed Mogane.
He added that schools from Katutura are discriminated because of the area they are situated.
“There is total lack of transparency, it’s a very sensitive issue for me as you know I am the former Brave Warriors coach as well as the ex-NSC chief administrator and it pains me that there is such discrimination.”
Mogane argues that schools like Hage Geingob are very disciplined while both Shifidi and A.Shipena have over the past years improved academically and discipline is quite evident.
“To be very honest with you the communication from the organizers of the FNB Classic Clashes is very poor. We have had the 2017 athletic schools competition and A Shipena was rated as one of the most disciplined school, but to say schools from Katutura are ill-discipline is unfounded.”
Beukes in her response also included the code of conduct which read as follows:
Overview: The FNB Classic Clashes have been running for 10 years around Namibia. Over this time, these events have become renowned for their camaraderie, with the opportunity for children and schools to enjoy competing against one another in the spirit of fairness and enjoyment.
This document outlines the expected Code of Conduct by any school participating in the FNB Classic Clashes to ensure that the sentiment built in prior years is carried into the future.
The NSSU: The events hosted as part of the FNB Classic Clash Programme are hosted under the auspice of the Namibian School Sport Union (NSSU). The NSSU governs all technical elements of the matches – from referee decisions to rules and regulations. It is expected that participating schools and referees will adhere to the NSSU guidelines with regards to safety, technical decisions and the sport at large.
Fair Play: While we understand that there can be fierce rivalry between schools and a competition is being played, it is important that the concept of fair play and respect for one another is upheld on the field. Sport is as much about competition as it is about learning discipline, respect for fellow players and losing with dignity. We encourage coaches, teachers and referees to adopt a principle of fair play that allows respect between players.
We encourage schools to develop a tradition of acknowledging each other’s teams and welcome, thank and congratulate one another. Each sport may have a different tradition, but the sentiment of acknowledging and respecting is encouraged.
Spectators: Just as players are representatives of the school, so are spectators. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure their spectators remain respectful and the sentiment of fair play is extended to include spectators. Please ensure your spectators show respect to all players, referees and other staff involved at matches. Abusive language, derogatory or racial comments, drunken behaviour or other offensive behaviour cannot be tolerated.
We encourage schools to engage with their spectators to convey a sentiment that healthy, spirited support for both teams is encouraged and to teach their children the value of sportsmanship, winning gracefully and losing with dignity.
Most of all to remember that the players on the field are young adults and will be influenced by the behaviour of spectators.
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