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Local coaches blew their chances - Muinjo

Mon, 17 June 2013 01:36
by Michael Uugwanga

Namibia Football Association (NFA) President John Muinjo says local coaches had their chance to be at the helm of the Brave Warriors, but blew them all.
Muinjo made this remark on a question of whether they are looking for a local or a foreign coach after the abrupt resignation of Roger Palmgren on 5 June.
“We gave a chance to local coaches already and they failed to deliver, I am not saying we are going for another foreign coach,” Muinjo said.
Ricardo Mannetti, deputised by Ronnie Kanalelo pulled a draw (1-all) against African champions Nigeria last Wednesday and the locals feel that a local coach be sought this time.
Earlier, local coaches such as Brian Isaacks, Bernard Kaanjuka, Max and Johnson were all give the chance, but all found to be wanting as they produced mixed results.
However, Muinjo did not want to be drawn on who will be the next full-time coach of the side, but admits that he was not surprised neither shocked by the resignation of the Swedish coach.
Palmgren was given a two year contract by the NFA in May to replace Bernard Kaanjuka, who also resigned after the Malawi game in March.
When The Villager wanted to find out from the NFA boss to why coaches come and go before their contract ends, Muinjo said it has to do with individual coaches and not the association.
“Ask the coaches that question. We just give those (coaches) the job because we know that tomorrow we will appoint another coach again,” said Muinjo.
Muinjo also said that the association is not embarrassed at the departure of Palmgren saying that he had seen such movement of coaches before and not surprised by it.
“We have been in football administration for many years. We do expect such things to happen. For us its history although a legal process will be followed regarding the contract. We will just move on,” said Muinjo.
Muinjo also said that people should stop calling for a local coach to take over the Warriors, saying local coaches were given their chances but they blew it.
Palmgren also followed in the footsteps of other foreign coaches who had left the Warriors job while under contract such as Dutch coach Arie Schans and Belgium’s Tom Saintfiet.
Schans resigned on 26 June 2008, three months after being in charge, while Palmgren resigned barley a month into his new job.
Saintfiet quite the Warriors after being lured by the Zimbabwean football authorities who were looking for a mentor for their senior side, but his deal was short-lived as he was ousted due to internal politics at that federation.
Saintfied was in charge for two years in charge and since he left has been hopping from one country to the next, in some cases leaving countries like Yemen in precarious positions with a string or poor results.