Football politics

02 November 2018 Author   Jefta Gaoab
There is presently much to write about regarding the state of Namibian football in general, but for now I will focus on the Namibian Football Association Executive Committee, their involvement in football in general, the rules, regulations and statutes, interpretation and application thereof.
I have conducted a quick desktop research on the current individual NFA Executive members in the wake of the drama unfolding at Soccer House.
I concentrated on their involvement in football in general, number of years in football and their know-how of the game. My findings were surprising: all these folks have credible track records in football administration.
Some served a good number of years in chairmanship positions and some own football academies etc.
Based on the above, I would expect them to be the masters in knowing the NFA constitution, rules, regulations and statutes.
I would expect them to apply the very same constitution, rules, regulations and statutes without fear or favour and also to safeguard the image of the institution they lead. 
These people ought to know better by virtue of where they are coming from, but it seems that is not the case.
For this reason, I want to pose the following question: Do we need to have people with vast knowledge of football and its administration elected into executive positions or do we need to elect people with no football administration who can boldly, without fear or favour, apply the rules, regulations and statutes?
I will opt for the latter with the added advantage of football administration knowledge.
There are many questions that need answers. What are the rules governing the election of the new NFA executives? Are their appointments in the best interest of football going forward? Are they doing what they are supposed to do? Do they have the interest of football at heart?
Have they lost track of their mandate? Are they able to discern sense from nonsense in football terms? Are they compromised in terms of ethics? Have their interest in football waned? Are they the best?
Let the NFA constitution be amended to give other competent Namibians the chance to occupy these positions for a change.
Let me remind the current NFA Exco members that they are not the best Namibia have to offer.
Public office holders in the Land of the Brave should learn to inculcate the culture of serving the terms enshrined in the constitution and give other able and competent Namibians the chance to come on board to make meaningful contributions.
Sometimes you don’t need to wait until your term comes to an end if you can’t deliver. People should leave office if they have dismally failed to discharge their duties in every regard. We cannot have the same people and expect different results.
Having officials becoming a law unto themselves by shifting goal posts when it suits them is a dangerous thing to do.
Going forward, we want leaders who cannot be compromised under any circumstances. The type of leadership we want at Soccer House must agree to disagree and should be able to move on without fear or favour in discharging their duties.
We don’t want to promote a “tombstone mentality” amongst our football leadership. We don’t want people whose blind loyalty reins supreme over logic and crystal clear rules because they only aid to the detriment of football.
Whoever is going to be elected to the new NFA Executive committee next year must please find means to translate the NFA constitution, rules, regulations and statutes and all football related documents into all the local languages.
The Queens’s language is not always user friendly, so translating the constitution, rules, regulations and statutes into local languages will enable our leaders to better read, comprehend and apply them with ease.
This might be a costly exercise, but it will help a great deal.
The North-West First Division Stream is a prime example of how officials misinterpret the rules governing football in many regards. Rules are bent and twisted at will which is unacceptable at all.
Jefta is the PRO of Touch & GO FC. This article was written in his personal capacity.


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