By John Tuerijama
THE unfolding squabble in the Namibia Football association (NFA) has prompted the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service to verbally warn the football body to revisit its constitution. The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC)’s chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya, said during a media briefing on Tuesday that the NFA’s constitution contains many loopholes, so much so it looks like the constitution is designed to protect the interest of some individuals. He said the constitution is more or less like most football federations’ constitution on the continent, and that the time has come for the NFA to revisit it. Mwiya said that following consultative investigations the NFA was given 21 days to comply with the recommendations communicated to the football body. Speaking at the same presser on the status of football in the country, Minister of Sport Erastus Uutoni, in turn said that infighting in the sport fraternity has brought nothing but shame to the image and reputation of the sport. “There had been a number of reports reflecting on infighting in some areas of our sport sector. The infighting is slowly leading to the loss of confidence and trust and is greatly demoralising and discouraging the sport lovers to support, as well as to attend sporting events,’ Uutoni stressed. He further said that as a result, young people were pushed far away from the beautiful game by those (administrators and executive) that are constantly at loggerheads with each other. He said that because of the infighting there was a lack of competence, and that there was no time to identify talent among young people countrywide. Uutoni said that now that the senior national team was on the verge of qualifying for the African Nations Cup, there was infighting, which negatively affects the players’ performance. The sport minister said the Brave Warriors were at the doorstep to qualify for AFCON, while the senior national rugby team has qualified for the Rugby World Cup, adding that it was now the time to rally behind the teams and give credit where due. Uutoni said the purported infighting would cause those wishing to invest in sport development to question whether their investment will serve the intended purpose. “We just need to work hard in unity to ensure that all those who wish to partake feel welcomed and are free to contribute to its development,” he added. He further said that sport cannot be managed through hatred, anger, nepotism, tribalism or personal interest, but needs sober minds, unity, love for one another, and a love for sport. Investigations conducted through the NSC have revealed that some constitutional provisions had been overlooked, which led to the dismissal of the NFA president Frans Mbidi, he noted, adding that said the NFA executive did not comply with its statutes (constitution) in the process of administering the verdict to dismiss Mbidi. Uutoni said the investigation also found no factual evidence that could have rendered the NFA president worthy of dismissal. In light of the above, Uutoni advised the NFA executive to revisit their decision and further said the NFA’s constitution must be reviewed in line with good governance principles, including rigorous training in this critical area.
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