…as NSC asks NFA to account for CHAN’s N$ 10 million
By John Tuerijama
THOUGH many football fans expect the Brave Warriors to have a fairly manageable qualification campaign for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the national team’s preparations have been hampered by a lack of funds as the Namibia Football Associations (NFA) still awaits funding from the National Sports Commission (NSC). The Brave Warriors are now in their fourth week of the preparations but there is no money to have the boys prepare thoroughly for the daunting match against Zambia early next month. Apart from facing Zambia, the Brave Warriors are also scheduled to play Mozambique and Guinea Bissau later in the year. In an interview with Confidente on the Brave Warriors’ preparations for the 2019 AFCON, a visibly disappointed NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro said they have requested funding from the NSC but funds have not been released yet. He said they have written to the Commission requesting the release of the N$3 million meant for the seven national teams (male and female), to assist with the Brave Warriors’ preparations. “We have to date not received anything, not a single cent from the Namibia Sports Commission,” said Rukoro. However, when contacted by Confidente, the NSC’s Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, said they have not received any written request for funds from the NFA. Mwiya said the request the commission received was verbal, adding that they have in the meantime requested the NFA to submit a report on the N$10 million that was availed for the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which is still pending. Rukoro said that the Lesotho Football Association (LFA) had last week requested for an international friendly match in Maseru early next month but he could not respond favourably to their request due to lack of funds. He revealed that the Brave Warriors alone need about N$15 million as a single international match costs the NFA about N$1.3 million. “It’s a pity and as much as we want to have international friendly matches for the Brave Warriors, the situation does not permit. And you journalists and general public do not say anything to the government and government is getting away with murder,” said Rukoro. “I sometimes pray that it’s best for the Brave Warriors not to make it to the (AFCON) finals because we are so much afraid to incur debt,” Rukoro said. Brave Warriors players, he said, were making huge sacrifices for the country by commuting from their homes for practices on their own twice a day and yet they are not appreciated. “The N$3 million we are asking is for all national football teams. Players need nutrition which we can’t afford because resources are not available. The Zambian players get US$50 000 which is equal to N$650 000 for their national team appearance compared to our players who get a laughable remuneration for their services,” Rukoro said. Mwiya, on the other hand, insisted that the NFA was supposed to have submitted the report on the N$10 million allocated for the CHAN tournament within 14-days after the competition, but have since failed to do. “We received the report last week which is incomplete as it lacks supporting documents. We will not give them money if the report is incomplete. We will not entertain any request. Don’t just ask for money when you have not done your part. We are communicating back to them requesting for supporting documents and failure to do that means there will be no money released to the national football body,” Mwiya stressed.
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