By Staff Reporter
WINDHOEK – Under fire FIFA president Sepp Blatter, showered former Namibia Football Association (NFA) president John Muinjo with praises after the likeable astute football administrator gave over the reigns earlier this month.
The world’s football supreme, who has been under pressure of late from the European Union to relinquish his post also took the opportunity to congratulate NFA newly elected president Frans Mbidi and his new team.
Said Blatter: “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes of success on your occasion of your election as the new President of the Namibia Football Association.” He added that Mbidi’s leadership will take Namibian football to further heights.
“Your knowledge and personal qualities will certainly have an important impact on the stable development of our beautiful game in your country. You can rely on my personal support and FIFA’s assistance in order to reach this goal. I wish you and your team, good luck, strength and every success for this new challenge and look forward to seeing you soon,” reads a statement from Blatter.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou also wrote to Mbidi and his 11-member executive committee as they set out to lead the NFA for the next four years.
“I would like to offer you my warmest congratulations for your election as President for the Namibian Football Association, as well as the election of Naftal Ngalangi as 1st Vice-President, Croocks Nunuheb as 2nd Vice-President and all the other members of the NFA Executive Committee.”
The CAF President indicated CAF’s confidence in Mbidi’s leadership in taking Namibia Football forward: “CAF is confident that your experience, know-how and leadership will benefit football in Namibia and Africa as a whole.”
Hayatou concluded by wishing Mbidi and entire new executive committee a “very successful tenure in your new position and rest assured that you can count on the support of the Confederation to develop football in your country.”
South Africa Football Associations (SAFA) Dr Danny Jordaan also joined the chorus of praises for Mbidi on behalf of South African football.
“We wish to express our sincere congratulations on your elevation to the position of President of Namibian Football. Your term of office offers progress to football in your country, our region and our continent.”
Jordaan assured Mbidi and his new executive committee’s SAFA’s continued cooperation and support for their four-year tenure at Football House.