'Caf requirements a new challenge'

The Namibia Football Association could be struggling to come up with a report and programme that would enable them to obtain grants, a source has alleged.

03 June 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

WINDHOEK



The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has been requested to provide a yearly programme and report to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) before they can receive grants.

A source suggested that the association will however struggle to come up with a programme, given the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the court cases at Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a confidential letter sent to the NFA by Caf on 31 May, the confederation requested its members to submit annual reports before any grants are disbursed.

“In this respect, it has been decided during the above-mentioned meeting of the Caf emergency committee on 28 May that any federation that does not comply with the requirements to submit such a report will not be able to benefit from the annual grant,” the letter read.



Plan for funds

The source also suggested that the NFA will be required to provide a programme on how they will be using the funds, which should include staging tournaments and the starting of division leagues.

Each Caf member association is expected to receive a grant of N$3.5 million.

Many sport activities in the country remain on halt, with only a few regulations lifted that allow a maximum of 50 people to attend non-contact sporting events.

This means it is likely to be difficult to host or plan any football competitions or leagues by the football association until contact sport is allowed to return fully.



Rage at leak

“I am not in any position to comment on this matter because I do not even know where you got that letter from. “This is always sensitive information and I will not be able to shed any light further on this situation until the NFA secretariat and the executive have seen and discussed the letter,” NFA acting secretary-general Franco Cosmos said when approached for comment.

NFA president Ranga Haikali also declined to respond to questions.

It was however clear that the president was not happy at the fact that the letter had been leaked before it reached him.



Caf mum on Chan

When asked about other competitions, Cosmos noted that Caf is yet to pronounce itself on the African Nations Championship (Chan).

The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in April in Cameroon but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As things stand, we have not yet received any new notice from Caf on the Chan tournament.

“That is however understandable because most flights all over the world are grounded and borders are closed.” Furthermore, no decisions have been taken on other competitions, such as the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the World Cup qualifiers.

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