Overhaul at NFA

There will be some big changes at the NFA, as the Fifa normalisation committee embarks on an overhaul.

12 July 2019 | Sports

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has finally decided to advertise its technical director position, while a new finance manager will also be appointed.

Football guru and coach Timo Tjongarero has been shepherding in the technical director post since 2015, on acting basis, since Klaus Starke left the position and returned to Germany.

Tjongarero, who is a sport officer in the sports ministry, has often found himself between a rock and a hard place because of his dual role, with the ministry expressing its unhappiness.

He has, however, endured the pressure and was part of the set-up that helped the Brave Warriors qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

“We finalised everything about the position and I believe the vacancy must be out by today or Monday.

“It is a very crucial position and we needed to go through a proper job grading before we can actually do anything about it, Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo said.

“The most important thing is that we find a suitable candidate to take up this position, because it is very vital to football development.”

A technical director is normally appointed to improve football development and human resources management.

They also consider technical aspects that would help to achieve development objectives.

Coaching programmes, youth development, coordinating courses for coaches and referees, women's football and all activities of the national teams are among some of the priorities of a technical director.

Namibian Sun has learnt that the football association will recruit a financial manager to deal with its finances.

“We all know that the NFA has been a mess as far as financing is concerned and that is why we are planning to bring in a financial manager,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

The changes come as the normalisation committee attempts to leave Football House in order before they make way for a new crop of leaders in September.

The committee announced last week that several coaching posts at the NFA will be declared vacant by August. The Brave Warriors coaching job will also be up for grabs, after Ricardo Mannetti's contract expires on 31 July.

Mannetti will thus have to reapply is he wants to continue in the post. Other positions that are likely to be advertised include coaching jobs for the national junior men and women's teams.

The NFA, whose affairs are currently being run by the Fifa normalisation committee, will be holding a congress on 31 August to elect a new leadership. The mandate of the normalisation committee was initially to run the affairs of the NFA until no later than 31 May, but the committee was subsequently granted an extension by Fifa.

It is tasked to ensure that the members of the NFA, whose executive committees are out of mandate, organise and conduct the relevant elections.

The committee, however, encountered constitutional hiccups within the country's football regions, which delayed the national process of electing new leaders at the football association previously led by Frans Mbidi, as president, and former secretary-general Barry Rukoro.

Fifa therefore granted the committee an extension to allow for a proper transition of power to take place.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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