Enough with football politics
FOOTBALL administrators have hopefully learned a few lessons from the fiasco that unfolded a few years ago that eventually saw some officials excommunicated from the Namibia Football Association (NFA), simply for their arrogance and for thinking the national football body was their own little toddler. The mandate of the current International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA)-appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) is crystal clear and it’s best that the NC sticks to its mandate. If memory serves me well, the NC was to primarily deal with organising the election of the NFA executive members and eventually schedule the much-needed NFA elective congress. It seems that instead of concentrating on the positive mandate they were given, there were a number of administrative problems that needed to be dealt with swiftly, which in turn delayed the organising of elections for members. However, surprisingly we have lately learned that a large number of NFA members are not in good standing and have not held elections yet, plus some don’t have the required constitution – which is a conditional requirement. To get back to the crux of the matter: it’s good the NFA NC handles the administrative arm of the association, which I think is being led by a sub-committee. With that said, I suggest that the ultimatum given to the members should pave the way for the needed members’ election, and if there are members that don’t want to cooperate, get rid of them, period! Local football has for years been haunted by infighting, back-stabbing and factionalism. Now we have an opportunity to effect the sorely needed sea-change in the administration of the game – simply said, a new lease of life in the operations of the NFA. Let the NC concentrate on more important issues, such as participation of the national senior team in the regional Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), African Nations Championship (CHAN) and FIFA World Cup qualifiers later this year. We also have the junior national football teams scheduled to compete in the regional competitions, and the annual local Scorpion Zinc Cup and Debmarine Cup, and I sincerely hope that the NC has engaged these football partners to ensure the tournaments take place this year. It’s important for the NC to refrain from squabbling with NFA members and frankly concentrate on organising the elective congress. For the NC to be seen in altercations with NFA members will not augur well with the corporate sector and might have ramifications for the future of the Scorpion Zinc and the Debmarine tourneys. We want results not unnecessary delays, for which extensions of office would need to be sought. I personally think that administratively, a lot has already been achieved and the focus now should be on arranging the member elections. In fact, giving the members a month to have internal elections is a waste of time. Let us see results through action and commitment and ensure the NC is not languishing in comfort but seen to be working to have the NFA functional with sound governance. The bottom line is this: NFA members, get your individual elections rolling or face the axe, it’s important that the elective congress is held.