By John Tuerijama
I have no idea why the Namibia Football Association is not pro-active in giving the necessary ammunition to our national football coach, Ricardo Mannetti, to thoroughly prepare the boys for the all-important 2019 Afcon qualifying match against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in September. We all know that one of the key requirements in Mannetti’s contractual agreement is to ensure that the Brave Warriors qualify for the total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon. This particular continental showpiece will unlike the previous championships see the participating teams increase from the traditional 16 to 24 countries. And though the event is scheduled for June/July and not early in the year, the NFA must assure this football nation that there is a budget that will see Mannetti’s charges get the necessary preparation for the Zambian clash. The NFA leadership knows for a fact that Zambia has more than two national teams and that their football league is currently ongoing. They can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the importance of the Zambian qualifying encounter. We need to prioritise of allocating enough resources to the national senior team, to enable the national head coach to call up his charges for a proper training camp. But, just like we approached the Chan it looks like the technical team will once again be forced to dig deep into their pockets to bankroll the training camp. I have already learned that there are no adequate resources to accord the Brave Warriors a thorough preparation for the visiting Zambian side, but how do we get from being crowned 2016 Cosafa champions to not knowing how to approach important qualifiers such as the one facing us in September? Who the hell is selling us out, are we going to blame Mannetti when we don’t qualify for the 2019 Afcon showdown? Personally I think the NFA leadership should take the blame for not putting aside sufficient resources for the Brave Warriors 2019 Afcon campaign. If the NFA has in their contract with Mannetti agreed to have the 2019 Afcon as key condition then they must have mobilised resources from the Government and the business community to have a successful 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign. Why can’t the NFA emulate the Namibia Rugby Union who early this year established a ‘business arm’ known as Namibia Rugby Limited, and evidently that initiative has paid off because a number of companies are now on board supporting the Welwitschias in their rugby world cup qualifying campaign. Another important questions is now that we all know that the Namibia Breweries Limited is the official sponsor of the Brave Warriors, why the secret in terms of how much they are funding the national team annually and whether that includes training camps? We can’t expect the team to qualify for next year’s continental showpiece if we approach the qualifier with such shoddy preparations.
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