By John Tuerijama
THE axing of the whole Namibia Football Association (NFA) Executive looms faster than anticipated as football stakeholders are now calling for the removal of the national football body leadership. Namibian football lovers have in the past and most recently seen football leaders airing their “bedroom politics” through the local media. The bombshell thrown by the executive in the hope of rescuing the image of football categorized as one of the three national sports with netball and rugby, the removal of the NFA President, has been hailed as the best way to better the welfare of the country’s football. In an interview with Confidente this week Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) Secretary-General Olsen Kahiriri said football has been long downgraded to the gutters, and that the only way to remedy the situation is to hold the long-awaited elective congress that will bring in a new lease of life in the sport loved by so many. “The NFA executive has been very disrespectful towards football lovers and now is time for them to grow up and start to understand office protocol,” stressed Kahiriri. The 28 officials invited to the NFA elective congress have the mandate to turn the fortune of football around. “They need to ‘Jik’ so that we clean up this mess. These officials who will have voting rights have the decider factor and must know at this stage what is at stake.” Kahiriri did not spare the Namibia Premier League (NPL) leadership who up until now have refused to acknowledge the players’ union as sole bargaining agent formally recognised by (FIFPRO), the international body representing professional footballers. The NAFPU Secretary-General argues that the 28 officials to represent their respective regions must be independent and be not remote-controlled by anyone. “The NFA secretariat and its president have failed the football fraternity because they needed to protect the image of football. There is no protocol and for those who will be elected at the envisaged elective congress, they must know how to maintain football protocol in terms of secrecy and not discuss confidential matters with the media,” emphasized Kahiriri. He said the regions affiliated to the NFA must start making the NFA executive account for their actions and that since the affiliate members have the voting rights, let their vote based on integrity and not have their vote used for personal gains. Kahiriri urged football leaders to do away with tribal camps and that football as a sport must serve as a unifier not a divider. The players’ union boss said that time has come for the NFA to abide and establish committees needed to professionally run football in the country.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015