Applaud the NFA’s efforts, don’t just point fingers

Michael Uugwanga

THE Namibian Football Association (NFA) needs to be applauded for their efforts to help the Brave Warriors qualify for three Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments – and now the country is in hot pursuit of a fourth AFCON appearance.

At times we do not appreciate the work put in by the NFA in the past and present, as we only focus on the negatives and not the positive, something that we have to thank the environment for, which the NFA has allowed the technical team to operate in.

Some people were still complaining when former coach Ricardo Mannetti did not have his contract renewed with the NFA, while these were the same people that were calling for Mannetti to be sacked a few years ago when results were not so favourable.

Now, with Bobby Samaria in charge you find the same people once again complaining and calling for Mannetti’s recall, forgetting that they were never big fans of Mannetti.
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As a nation we need to go forward and keep on supporting whoever is in charge of the Brave Warriors, regardless, as Namibia will not be winning every match – whether at home or away –not even when playing against the lowest ranked teams in the world.
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There are lots of countries that want to emulate the job being done by the NFA, while we Namibians are very demanding, forgetting that we have one of the smallest populations in the world and for us to qualify for three AFCON and two consecutive African Nations Championships (CHAN) is testimony to the fact that Namibian football has grown in leaps and bounds far beyond expectation.

We lost to Guinea away but that should not be the end of our support for the national team or those entrusted with leadership at the NFA.No one is perfect, neither is the NFA leadership, but let us give the leadership time and support to execute their mandate.

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Had Samaria complained about the poor working environment with the NFA, that is when we can come out and complain rather than going onto social media to blast the NFA leadership, especially the chairperson of the association, Hilda Basson-Namundjebo.

Many people still question her leadership skills, but bear in mind that she does not need to have technical football knowledge to run the NFA, but she is a business-oriented person that clearly wants to see the NFA become a viable business entity that can generate its own income.

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Not even the saintly Jesus Christ was loved by everyone, neither was Nelson Mandela nor is our current head of state Dr Hage Geingob loved by everyone.

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So, why would the NFA be loved by everyone? Let’s rally behind the NFA, as we can see some good things coming from the NFA and its current leadership.