From the Sidelines with Corry Ihuhua

From the Sidelines  with Corry Ihuhua

PROFESSIONALISM is an important area that has so far evaded administrators in Namibian football in many respects over the years.

Highly skilled people who can perform their duties of administering the game are truly lacking in this country. There is no doubt that things could be done much better than at present.There is no basis to the notion that there are not enough people who can run football in this country.One does not need technical experts or former footballers to run the game – only well-qualified administrators.The recent football indaba by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) saw a number of professionals, who were invited to make presentations on aspect such as finance and administration, as knowledgeable enough on football matters.There are many people in the public and private sectors who are equally competent to run the game, if only given the chance.At this stage, there are so many wranglings within the NFA itself that too often lead to officials not taking a professional approach to their operations.The current situation is worrying and drastic measures need to be implemented to get the right people on board.There will be a need to acquire professionals who can implement the recommendations in the Plan of Action for Namibian football.The Plan of Action is expected to outline the way forward for football, and the employment of professionals for this purpose will only benefit the game.There is a great need for more transparency, especially, within the association and the way football is run at the national level.At this stage, Brave Warriors coach Max Johnson has no idea which foreign-based players will be available for their clash against Angola in less than 15 days.This is a simple deal that could have been clinched with the clubs of the foreign-based players a few weeks back, but it is only done now – with two weeks to go before the team plays.It was also disturbing to see the national team travelling without a medic when they played The Namibian invitational team at Oshakati recently.This is standard practice for any national team and the coach of the side has the right to demand this, although he did not.Important matters are just not handled with a sense of urgency and this always puts the association in a bad light – when their weaknesses are exposed in broad daylight.There are many examples where the current administrators of Namibian football have failed to execute simple tasks; yet they are the custodians of football in the country.It will not be fair to put blame on individuals within the NFA – the flack should be taken collectively.It would also be wise if the executive members pay closer attention to administrative issues since the blame will filter through to them in case there is major flop.The executive members have also been noticeably silent on their vision of the game.There is not much enthusiasm from some on the committee members when it comes to finding remedies for the many ills of the NFA.The game of football is run along business principles worldwide and there is no reason why it cannot be done here.There is of course the question of limited funds for administering the game, but this should not be used as an excuse for not running the game in such a sound and transparent manner that will make it stand out as the biggest code in the country.Administrators should be more responsible and honest in dealing with issues such as finances and cut out the unnecessary verbal attacks on each other – so that the game can prosper.There is no doubt that things could be done much better than at present.There is no basis to the notion that there are not enough people who can run football in this country.One does not need technical experts or former footballers to run the game – only well-qualified administrators.The recent football indaba by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) saw a number of professionals, who were invited to make presentations on aspect such as finance and administration, as knowledgeable enough on football matters.There are many people in the public and private sectors who are equally competent to run the game, if only given the chance.At this stage, there are so many wranglings within the NFA itself that too often lead to officials not taking a professional approach to their operations.The current situation is worrying and drastic measures need to be implemented to get the right people on board.There will be a need to acquire professionals who can implement the recommendations in the Plan of Action for Namibian football.The Plan of Action is expected to outline the way forward for football, and the employment of professionals for this purpose will only benefit the game.There is a great need for more transparency, especially, within the association and the way football is run at the national level.At this stage, Brave Warriors coach Max Johnson has no idea which foreign-based players will be available for their clash against Angola in less than 15 days.This is a simple deal that could have been clinched with the clubs of the foreign-based players a few weeks back, but it is only done now – with two weeks to go before the team plays.It was also disturbing to see the national team travelling without a medic when they played The Namibian invitational team at Oshakati recently.This is standard practice for any national team and the coach of the side has the right to demand this, although he did not.Important matters are just not handled with a sense of urgency and this always puts the association in a bad light – when their weaknesses are exposed in broad daylight.There are many examples where the current administrators of Namibian football have failed to execute simple tasks; yet they are the custodians of football in the country.It will not be fair to put blame on individuals within the NFA – the flack should be taken collectively.It would also be wise if the executive members pay closer attention to administrative issues since the blame will filter through to them in case there is major flop.The executive members have also been noticeably silent on their vision of the game.There is not much enthusiasm from some on the committee members when it comes to finding remedies for the many ills of the NFA.The game of football is run along business principles worldwide and there is no reason why it cannot be done here.There is of course the question of limited funds for administering the game, but this should not be used as an excuse for not running the game in such a sound and transparent manner that will make it stand out as the biggest code in the country.Administrators should be more responsible and honest in dealing with issues such as finances and cut out the unnecessary verbal attacks on each other – so that the game can prosper.

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