Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chairman, Patrick Kauta, says Namibia Football Association (NFA) General Secretary, Barry Rukoro, has overstayed in his position and should make way for someone with fresh ideas.
Rukoro has been at the helm of the NFA since 2000, making him the longest-serving general secretary in Namibian football history.
His recent contract expired on 31 March, but was later extended to 31 December.
Responding to an enquiry from the Windhoek Observer, Kauta said appointing a new general secretary will also promote good governance.
“I am not able to cast aspersions on him (Rukoro), especially when …every NFA president since 2000 has appointed him (Rukoro) in either an acting or full-time capacity as general secretary, but I think Barry will candidly acknowledge that one cannot hold such a position for over 20 years because, it is good governance to infuse new ideas and methods through another competent person,” Kauta said.
Citizens’ football club co-owner, Dawid //Goagoseb, also said it will be in the public’s best interest if Rukoro, who for long has been involved in a messy battle for supremacy with dismissed NFA president Frans Mbidi, stepped aside.
“I do not think that he is the right man for the job because he has over stayed. It is time that we start listening to the nation’s outcry for his removal,” //Goagoseb said.
Meanwhile, NFA acting president, Dr Naftali Ngalangi, has said that he has no intention of succeeding Mbidi at the NFA congress set for 12 January.
Ngalangi said this last weekend at a press conference to announce the dismissal of Mbidi who was elected NFA president in 2014, the same time Dr Ngalangi was elected first vice-president.
“Having spent already four years as an executive member of the NFA, I categorically make it clear that I will not stand for the presidency position next year,” Dr Ngalangi said
NFA Executive Committee member, Roger Kambatuku, also ruled himself out of the running for the NFA presidency.
“I have no intention of standing for the presidency,” Kambatuku told the Windhoek Observer on Tuesday.
Another name that has been thrown around is that of Tina Haingura, the NFA’s regional executive chairman for the Kavango-East Region.
Haingura did not respond to questions sent to him by the Windhoek Observer by the time of going to print.