Shooting From The Hip Carlos Kambaekwa Is it not perhaps time for the country’s Sports authorities to swallow their pride and look closely at the way developed nations put their minds together in solving disputes without the daily animosity we have become so accustomed to in most of our leading disciplines? Yours truly has noticed a not-so-attractive trend amongst many Sports leaders who have developed a habit of poking their noses into the domestic affairs of autonomous Bodies and Associations – neglecting their central objective which is to render support structures – an objective that can only be realized through a process of empowerment. I find it very strange that the National Sports Commission and the line Ministry felt obliged to wrestle power from the gravel-voiced singer Alpha “Barry White” Kangueehi under the guise of a Motion of No Confidence, seemingly advanced by ghost affiliates. Selective Sympathy When Basketball and Football found themselves in similar territory – the very same authorities stood firm and told the disgruntled party where to get off, but when it was Barry White’s turn to strut his stuff, the Commission developed a sudden inability to interpret the rules and prematurely disrupted Brrra B’s worn-out repertoire. The current state of affairs in Athletic Namibia has created such irreparable division between the leaders, the led and the country’s governing Sports authorities, and attention must now be focused on resolving the conflict between the aggrieved parties, which is very essential for any meaningful development in any society. The Actual Cause of Action Takes Root When Irregularities are Discovered. The phrase procedure as understood by the learned, and even the moegoes, is the business of a series of actions conducted in a certain order or manner, which inevitably includes the selection and removal of leaders and, of course, Brrra Alpha fits the bill as well. Rules are crucial ingredients in every situation where human beings are involved and it usually takes off with the individual himself or herself because authorities need to encode the concept of regulations if they are to appreciate what their subjects are called upon to perform. The bottom line is: there’s an element of selective interference from the forces of power, and this particular practice has contributed largely to the current problems in Athletic Namibia, which could have catastrophic consequences if the situation is not arrested. The line Ministry and the National Sports Commission must play the role of settling disputes of different interests because this justifies once and for all the reason for their togetherness. Algeria’s Red Card, a Case in Point Algerian athletic authorities are now embroiled in an off-the-pitch dispute with their government, while they could have been better off by devoting their energy to Organizing the 9th edition of the All Africa Games, scheduled for that country next year. The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) would have none of the Algerian government’s interference in the business of Athletic Algeria and acted swiftly by putting a lid on the ongoing shenanigans in the volatile North African country – slapping Algeria with an indefinite ban from all activities under its auspices with immediate effect. Namibia could soon join Algeria on the sidelines if issues surrounding the forced removal of Brrra Alpha are not resolved to the satisfaction of the IAAF. Talking about double standards and blind loyalty – I’m somehow disgusted over the manner in which the Chairperson of the Hardap region, Willie Swarts, was summoned to face the wrath of the NFA Disciplinary Committee for allegedly bringing the game of football into disrepute after telling certain high-profiled officials where to get off during the ill-fated NFA Extraordinary Congress. At the same occasion, a thuggish dude manhandled a physically disabled official in full view of FIFA officials, but this incident must have escaped the attention of the trigger-happy law-enforcers at Soccer House. What is good for the goose must also be good for the gander, or is it the old adage of not biting the hand that feeds you. Joe Archer to Make a Comeback I’ve got it on good authority that Namibia’s first-ever professional boxer, the legendary Joseph Shikongo, better known as “Joe Archer”, is to make a comeback by public demand – and before you get excited, let me put you on the spot – the white toothed brother is way beyond the half century mark. After all, Brrra Joe is a successful businessman who would not risk his life at this stage of his advanced age by trading his treasured camera for boxing gloves. There have been inundated calls for the retired boxer to stand for the Namibian Amateur Boxing Association’s Presidential elections and, personally, I strongly believe the luring back of former athletes to the fold is long overdue. I just hope and pray in the name of the Almighty that “Fair Play” will prevail during the Election process because allowing somebody to stay in power for too long permits an emergence of the problem of stagnation of ideas and creates the impression that certain leaders were born for that position and literally start to claim a natural title to that seat. People should learn to be able to remove leaders while they still respect them so as to allow fresh injection of ideas and energy into governance, hence the removal of leaders after they have grown heads the size of the moon could have far-reaching ramifications. Ode to a Great Footballer Ferenc Puskas On a rather sad chord, the last couple of months were certainly not a good omen for football – whilst the football family around the globe is still recovering from the deaths of football legends George Best and Ace Ntsoelengoe, another football icon in Hungarian Ferenc Puskas is no more after losing a long battle with pneumonia at age 79. Puskas was the best footballer of his generation, and his partnership with Alfredo Di Stefano in the Real Madrid attack was second to none. Since the retirement of Puskas, the once powerful Hungarian football team has been a pale shadow of the team that inflicted England’s first-ever defeat at Wembley against a non British side in 1953. May his soul rest in eternal peace in one piece. Until next Friday, I rest my case.
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