'I won't respond to nameless troublemakers'

Former Brave Warriors captain Ronald 'Stigga' Ketjijere refuses to pay attention to those accusing him of instigating fights between players and the NFA leadership.

25 September 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Former national team captain and African Stars midfielder Ronald Ketjijere refuses to be shaken by a widely circulated WhatsApp message accusing him of inciting players who haven’t been called up for a 35-man training camp to boycott a friendly game against South Africa next month.

No comment

Ketjijere said yesterday that he would not respond to nameless individuals making allegations against him.

“Who would I respond to if I did? If the person comes out and names him/herself, then I can comment,” he said.

The WhatsApp message doing the rounds states that Ketjijere is not only instigating the players but wrote a script for players who are calling for the immediate return of football as they are stranded without income.

Furthermore, it says that the former midfielder is on the side of expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman Patrick Kauta, as he works as an attorney at Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka, a firm co-owned by Kauta.

Kauta, along with NPL executive members Peter Nakura, Gabriel Tjombe, Bonnie Paulino and NPL CEO Harald Fuller, has been banned from organising football by the Namibia Football Association. They were kicked out at the 16th extraordinary congress for bringing the association into disrepute and are now seeking to register the NPL as a sports body.

More allegations

“We are aware of your emails when you again instigated the national players before the Africa Cup of Nations on qualifying bonuses just after Barry Rukoro (former secretary-general), was removed from Soccer House by police officers - you did this to incapacitate the (now defunct) Fifa Normalisation Committee which was chaired by Hilda Basson-Namundjebo,” the WhatsApp message reads.

In addition, it claims that the former captain is under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission for the misappropriation of money that cannot be accounted for by the NFA. No evidence was offered to back up this allegation.

No evidence

Another allegation is that Ketjijere was paid a salary of N$7 000, which Rukoro supposedly said was for consultancy work for the NFA. Here, too, no evidence was offered.

The author of the message also said that Ketjijere and his affiliates wanted the NFA to be expelled by Fifa and were trying to undermine the leadership of Ranga Haikali.

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