NFA after permanent foreign coach
The Namibian Football Association has assured the nation that there is no need to worry over the absence of a coach now after the resignation of Bernard Norii Kaanjuka last week.
Kaanjuka who had been the Brave Warriors care-taker coach for about 18 months threw in the towel when Namibia lost 0-1 to Malawi.
NFA secretary general, Barry Rukoro, yesterday told The Villager that even though Namibia will play its next match early June, there is ‘no need to worry’.
“We will be ready for the next match,” Rukoro said without explaining much.
Asked about the time left for practice, Rukoro still maintained that everything would be fine.
Rukoro, however, confirmed that the association is searching for a foreign coach and that negotiations are under way.
He did not give names of the individuals the association is negotiating with saying he can only do it when there is an agreement reached.
Whoever that coach will be, according to Rukoro, will be appointed on a permanent basis but such a coach should have a good record.
Since the association has no money, Rukoro said, any agreement has to consider their budget at the moment.
He said there are procedures to be followed and agreements to be made before the final decision, which will, however, be done in the shortest possible time.
The Namibia Premier League is expected to end in May and the Bidvest Cup in June, with many leagues coming to end around that time.
Although the break that the players will take and the short time the coach will have before Malawi, Rukoro stressed that the nation does not need to worry,
Among all the foreign coaches that were recently hired, only the late Zambian Ben Bamfuchile was the most successful, qualifying the Brave Warriors to the 2008 Nations Cup.
The only other time Namibia qualified was in 1998 with Rusten Mogane.
The Belgian, Tom Saintfiet and Dutch coach Arie Schans all failed in their mission to qualify Namibia to the Nations Cup or World Cup after a stint of poor results.
Kaanjuka was earning twice less than what Saintfiet earned per month and although he is local coach, his record of four wins, four losses and seven draws does not look that bad.
The question is: What is it that a foreign coach can do that a local coach cannot do. Will the foreign coach really be the solution or it’s just another cash-grapping job for these coaches.