…club renamed Okahandja United FC
By John Tuerijama
FORMER Brave Warriors’ midfield maestro, Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou is the new owner of the Military School Football Club and the team will now be called Okahandja United Football Club. The Military School FC’s Team Manager, Jackson Shinombedi, confirmed to Confidente that talks have taken place between Hindjou and the team’s management but declined to divulge more details. “I really cannot give the details as I am only a team manager and not directly involved in the day-to-day running of the club,” Shinombedi said. Hindjou confirmed having taken ownership of the club saying that a new executive management is already in place to run the affairs of the team. “Yes, we are the new owners and have elected a new executive. We have officially renamed the club from Military School FC to Okahandja United Football Club,” said Hindjou. Early this month football fans were treated to an epic North West First Division football play-offs between Africa Motto FC and Military School FC, with Okahandja- based Military School FC successfully beating their foes to claim the North West First Division title. However, Confidente has established that the North Western First Division instead wants Africa Motto FC to be promoted for fear of conflict of interests because the Namibia Premier League (NPL) already has a football club owned by the Ministry of Defence (NDF), Otjiwarongo-based Mighty Gunners FC. It is believed that a letter was written to NFA by the North West First Division leadership, informing the national football body executive that Africa Motto FC, instead of Military School FC, must be the club to enjoy promotion to the elite league. Fuming Hindjou said that the Military School FC enjoyed full premier league status the moment they won the North West First Division and that the team has the right to sell its status. “Who are the North West First Division to instruct the NFA as to which team should be promoted to the premier league?” asked Hindjou. He added that a letter was written to the Military School FC, now Okahandja United FC, that the winner of the North West First Division play offs will walk away with N$50 000 and 30 gold medals. The Mayor of Okahandja further said that the Military School FC’s leadership has written to the NFA informing them of the new ownership saying that they are still waiting for their response. Hindjou added that Okahandja deserves premier league football action and that it was way back in the early 2000s when local fans were treated to elite football action when Liverpool FC was the home team. “I am calling on the residents of Okahandja to rally behind the team, including the business community and ordinary people, to assist where possible,” Hindjou pleaded. “We cannot allow selfish people to promote their interest in board rooms. Fair decisions are decided on the field of play and in this case Military School FC is the legitimate winner of the North West First Division”. The Mayor said Okahandja residents are extremely excited to have a premier league outfit at the town, adding that football has long been the key recreation activity of the town’s residents. “Only a few friendly matches between premier league teams take place at Okahandja,” he emphasised. Okahandja United Football Club has already kicked off with pre-season training and they are awaiting confirmation from the NFA which is the legitimate footballing body. Hindjou further said the North West First Division has no power to stop the Military School FC from changing its ownership.
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