Alpha Heaps Blame on ‘Past Leaders’

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By Kuvee Kangueehi OTJIWARONGO Athletics Namibia (AN) and other stakeholders in the sport code have resolved that the troubled sports code should hold an urgent Extra-Ordinary Congress on 26 August to address the serious problems facing the code. The decision was taken at an indaba, which was organized by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and took place on Saturday in Otjiwarongo. The indaba, which was attended by many executive members of AN and other leaders in sports including the NSC Chief Administrator Rusten Mogane and Sports Commissioner Alna Similo, at some stage looked similar to a presidential commission as AN President Alpha Kangueehi was bombarded with questions from the facilitator Donavan Zealand. Through the cross-questioning from Zealand, Kangueehi openly admitted that things were not fine in one of the biggest sports codes. The AN president acknowledged that his organization has failed to submit audit financial reports for the past four years which is contrary to the AN’s own constitution. Kangueehi also admitted that the athletics governing body for long periods of time did not have the services of key personnel officers such as a treasurer and the secretary general and this generally undermined the running of the institution. Kangueehi at times made shocking revelations that the institution used Theo Tjiueza to sign cheques of AN despite Tjiueza not being an exective member of the AN. Kangueehi however noted that the athletics governing body on many occasions was undermined by its former leaders who kept them hostage. He revealed that former leaders of AN had privatized AN equipment and are now leasing them out to AN at a cost. The AN president revealed that AN lost a car to a former leader of AN who is refusing to hand the car back to AN. Through Kangueehi’s testimony it also became evidently clear that the Bank Windhoek N$2 million sponsorship was withdrawn because AN lacked the capacity to account for money spent. However it also became clear that some members of AN who were close to Bank Windhoek officials kept AN hostage with sponsorship and wanted to run athletics according to their own wishes because they had the financial muscle. The indaba advised Kan-gueehi to fill the four vacant positions on the AN structure as a matter of urgency at the upcoming extra-ordinary congress. Meanwhile, psl website reports that Ismail Bhamjee, a senior FIFA Executive Committee member and a prominent figure in Botswana football, has been sent home from the World Cup after admitting selling England tickets for three times their face value. The scandal broke after Bhamjee was caught out in a sting by a British Sunday newspaper. He has been ordered by FIFA to resign from all World Cup-related duties and leave Germany as soon as possible. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: “I am very disappointed about the conduct of a member of the FIFA Executive Committee. In such a situation, FIFA acts immediately and firmly.” Bhamjee, from Botswana, confirmed in a written statement he had sold the tickets for England v Trinidad for triple their face value. He may now be kicked off the executive committee altogether as he was due to be replaced in January any way after losing the support of African countries. Bhamjee is understood to have voted for Morocco ahead of Botswana’s neighbours South Africa as the hosts of the 2010 World Cup, and also mounted an unsuccessful campaign to replace Issa Hayatou as president of the African confederation. Executive Committee, he started out running a hardware store in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, before becoming a leading light in the country’s football association. From there, he was voted on to FIFA. Bhamjee signed a declaration saying: “I, Ismail Bhamjee, member of the FIFA executive committee, hereby confirm the fact that I have sold 12 category one tickets of the 2006 FIFA World Cup match England v Trinidad & Tobago, played on 15 June in Nuremberg, for 300 euro (ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚£230) each, i.e. 200 euro (ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚£153) above face value for each ticket. “I deeply regret this incorrect act and apologise to FIFA for violating the relevant terms and conditions governing the sale of tickets for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.” FIFA called a meeting of their emergency committee after being presented with evidence by The Mail on Sunday. The organisation said in a statement: “As an immediate reaction to this behaviour, FIFA’s emergency committee under the chairmanship of president Joseph S. Blatter decided that Mr Bhamjee had to immediately resign from all FIFA World Cup-related duties and leave Germany at the earliest possible moment.”