By: John Tuerijama
Football Analyst Isak Hamata has finally shot from the hip after addressing the Namibia Football Association (NFA) leadership through an open letter that touches on the manner the leadership run football.
Hamata said Namibian football is unfortunately in a state of chaos and that the NFA executive committee, by their silence, are directly responsible for the state of Namibian football.
“To state that soccer is an auto-pilot is an under-statement. Soccer is the latest comedy show that people are entertaining themselves with on a daily basis.”
The pint-sized soccer critic said the former NFA president and the secretary general engagement in an open war which undermined the brand of football was clearly the damage done to the brand of football.
“If you do not know, every day of no football in Namibia means one day more of no income for our players. Every day of the public spats that the duo allowed to play themselves out in the open meant pone day of lost rust by stakeholders and waning of reputation,’ warned Hamata.
He added that as a football lover who goes around speaking to influential people about the possibility of investing in football the corporate sector’s message is brutal: “At the moment there is no good song to sing about Namibian football , they also point to all the negative media reports on football.”
Hamata also took swipe at the NFA executive members who sees how things are unfolding in the open and yet nothing is being done. He added that confidential information is being used to wage the ugly war asking if the NFA executive ever wondered how their stakeholders are looking at the football association from a distance?
He further warned that NFA executives owe their positions on the executive committee to the thousands of Namibian football lovers, and not to themselves.
He reminded the executive that they were elected to fulfil the wishes of the football loving public and that their (NFA executive) mandate is simple that of ensuring that there is a conducive environment for young men and women to play and enjoy football.
Partly owning premier league outfit Tura Magic Football Club (FC), Hamata said to create the much needed environment that will attracts sponsors to football and make the product grow to become a fully-fledged industry which will support government’s job creation effort they (NFA executive) are failing.
“As custodians of football we are tired of your silence. Football is being destroyed on your watch which is the lowest point ever, all the significant gains of the past years are being wiped out by personal fights and destruction of football’s reputation.”
He added that the current executive are indeed absentee football leaders who hear or see no evil further saying that time has come to start acting in the interest of football. Hamata said that football leaders must start doing the right thing or voluntarily leave those for people who have the interest of football at heart.
He said the current situation means sending over 3000 young Namibians to the streets and sending their hopes up in smoke. “You must turn around the tide and if you cannot please hand over the power to people with fresh ideas on how to transform our football and make it worth its while for our young Namibian.”
He argued that football has the potential to be self-sustaining however a formula is not yet discovered to make it profitable as is the case in other countries where football is taken seriously.
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