Another football indaba on the cards


The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and its stakeholders are planning another football indaba hard on the heels of failure to implement the recommendations made at the 2004 Football Indaba.
The NFA hosted the football indaba where technical experts, football administrators, business owners and soccer enthusiasts deliberated on a number of issues, with the two most prominent issues discussed being the senior national team’s performance and the NFA’s youth development programme.
The indaba, in actual fact, was meant to chart the way forward by addressing the challenges faced by the NFA and needs assessment of the various affiliated associations were done while the long-term objective of the country’s football was taken under the microscope.
Invited experts then were FIFA Development Officer for Africa, Ashford Mamelodi and coaching expert, Ben Koufie from Ghana.
In an exclusive interview with MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, informed The Villager Sport that the indaba initially planned for last month has now been moved to a date yet to be announced in order to accommodate all stakeholders.
“The indaba does not necessarily have to happen before the league comes to an end. In fact, it would even be better if it happened after the league has ended, as everybody would be free to attend and contribute meaningfully without having to worry about upcoming league games,” said Ekandjo.
Ekandjo, however, shrugged off rumours that some members within the football circles had objected to the envisaged indaba as it would be a repetition of the 2004 edition, which to date, has yielded very little results.
“Firstly, it must be understood that MTC is not hosting the indaba on its own but with the blessing and full participation of the football fraternity. It has the full blessing of the NFA and the NPL and it has been discussed at both levels,” he stressed.
Ekandjo added that MTC would never organise such an event without its key stakeholders and the experts who have been mandated to run football in the country.
“We simply conceived the idea and will help organise it but at the forefront of this is the NPL and the NFA. If there are certain individuals objecting to the idea, then I have no idea why they would object to an idea so noble unless their agenda is to arrest the development of football in the country. As far as I know, the First Division has given their full blessings and support,” asserted Ekandjo,  adding that most of the panelists are Namibians and some are from different regions within Sadc.
 “We came up with a diverse selection of panelists consisting of leaders from the First Division, Premier League and the NFA including prominent experts in the game as well as journalists who will also share their views,” he said.
According to him, an invitation has been extended to the president of Botswana Football Association (BFA), David Fani to come and share his national team’s recipe for success.
In addition, they have invited legendary Irvin Khosa; the South African-based PSL outfit Orlando Pirates’ chairman to share ingredients of a professional league for Namibia to know what it takes and how to get at a professional level while the PSL public relations officer (PRO) will be in attendance to share basic marketing strategies which clubs can implement to draw supporters to their league matches.
Another football hero also considered for invitation is Zambia Football Association (ZFA) president, Kalusha Bwalya whose national senior team alias Chipolopolo are the reigning African champions.
“All will be confirmed in due time as we have structured the two-day indaba in such a way that it allows for discussion and debate,” concluded Ekandjo.