By Carlos Kambaekwa
The outgoing Technical Director of the Namibian Football Association Seth “Mataba” Boois in his exit report said there is an urgent need to establish a National Third Division League as it would strengthen the 2nd Division and urged the country’s football authorities to start giving recognition to non-league clubs.
Boois said currently there is no specific target to kick-start the venture, even though provision exists in the association’s structures for the creation of a National 4th tier league, while no provisions exists for the recognition of non-league campaigners.
The concise summary is based on the FIFA Needs Assessment Study of 2003/2004 that ultimately paved the way for the appointment of technical directors for all National Associations on the African continent, recognized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The exit file documents all activities for the period under review in order to assist the NFA, preceding with little hindrance its effort towards the developmental activities of football at grassroots level.
The NFA Vision is to spread its wings to all corners of the country as it seeks to systematically and scientifically introduce the game of football and establish a permanent solid foundation for football in order to achieve the systematic growth to excellence in various categories.
Boois applauded the association for its tireless efforts towards the development of women and youth football, despite inadequate funding, which seriously hampers progress in this regard.
He specifically paid tribute to the establishment of operational standing committees in women’s football and the extension of organized league activities in the regions, with many coaches and match officials now armed with the appropriate qualifications after undergoing several intensive courses under the auspices of the NFA.
The former Black Africa hard tackling left back also bemoaned the soured relationship between the NFA and its Medical Commission after the brainchild behind the movement Donatha Gawanas was unceremoniously booted out at Soccer House for yet to be published reasons.
Despite having been cold-shouldered by her native country, Gawanas’ medical expertise has certainly not gone unnoticed and she was recently roped in by the Ghanaian Football Association to officiate at the just ended 26th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in that country.
Boois said it is of paramount importance to promote a High Performance Project for young footballers for qualification to the 2012 Olympics, and urged all stakeholders to speed up the process as it would require both national and international training camps.