SPORT commentators and fans have all have directly or indirectly tried to suggest different methods and means by which the Namibia Football Association can resolve their internal squabbles but to no avail. So, when along comes a true leader like the Honourable Minister of Sport Erastus Uutoni, who recently called the football leadership to order, what more can one ask for? I sincerely hope the NFA leadership will once and for all diagnose the disease that is plaguing and damaging the image of football. There are over ten affiliates to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) who have equally failed the fans who love the sport so much. Having Minister Uutoni take such drastic action by directly addressing the rot within football should seriously shame the industry leaders. I hope the message sent to the football leadership is crystal clear, and that they have learned to put the interest of football above anything else in their disputes. What exactly do they benefit from that the football fans don’t know about? There must be something that those fighting over the bone are clinging on to so dearly for. The one thing that appals me is the fact that the football leadership knows what is at stake, yet again the only person who expressed his concerns openly is African Stars FC chairperson Patrick Kauta. What happened to the rest of the premier league clubs? It’s such a shame that Minister Uutoni, who had no apparent knowledge of professional sport, is now having to fix the mess of those who have been long in the game, such a shame! And it’s not just football that is languishing in the doldrums, the administration of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) is equally questionable, as is hockey and some other sport codes being run by families. I simply fail to understand why we have sport leaders who have no interest in tackling the problems head-on but rather want to window-dress for the public, instead of taking the sport fraternity to another level. If what I’m told is true I don’t see why we tolerate individuals sabotaging the growth of sport. On that note, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Honourable Agnes Tjongarero was admirably the sport leader who preached true sportsmanship, tolerance and fair representation in national teams, but lately she has gone quiet. I can’t remember the last time I heard her say anything about the state of affairs. If the NFA indirectly invites the FIFA leadership into their internal affairs, they have only themselves to blame should they get penalised for their wayward behaviour. As I always say, let sport be the winner in all aspects.
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