The ongoing fight between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) president, Frans Mbidi, and Secretary General, Barry Rukoro, has now reached the NFA patron,
President Hage Geingob, who has called for a consultation meeting at State House this Friday.
The meeting will go ahead without the presence of Mbidi and Rukoro, NFA second vice president Ludwig ‘Croocks’ Nunuheb said on Thursday.
The sour relationship between Mbidi and Rukoro goes back as far as 2016, when the NFA president suspended his secretary general for a few days on allegations of undermining his authority.
Their relationship reached a new low in February when Mbidi announced that Rukoro’s contract, which ended on 31 March, will not be renewed which angered some of the executive members and Rukoro sympathisers, including Nunuheb and Roger Kambatuku.
“Hopefully the consultation meeting with the Head of State will take place because we (executive members) have been pushing for it since Wednesday and today (Thursday). The thing is Mbidi’s attack on Rukoro has turned out to be personal. We just want the Head of State to brief us on the way forward,” Nunuheb said.
There were also reports that an NFA executive meeting set to take place in Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday might not take place.
The meeting is expected to discuss the issue of the position of the SG, the status of football in the country, in particular the first division and second division, the country’s recent participation at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament that was held in Morocco, the Debmarine Cup and the Newspaper Youth Cup that was held during the Easter weekend in the Zambezi Region.
“I cannot say that the meeting in Omuthiya will take place or not because some members have still not submitted their agendas. We still have Friday. What Mbidi is doing is very bad seriously and we want this whole issue to come to an end. We are very tired of what he is doing,” Nunuheb stressed.
NFA Public Relations Officer, Fire Vatilifa told the Windhoek Observer that the no confidence vote against Mbidi will not take place on Saturday as people have alleged.
“There is not such a thing as a vote of no confidence on the agenda,” Vatilifa said.