Shame on Namibian football ‘gods’

07 August 2020 | Opinion

Like the body of a disgraced African dictator awaiting official communication on what is to be done with it, Namibian football has been lying in state for more than a year.

That is more than a year of supressing talent, blocking players’ opportunities and taking bread out of thousands of mouths.

Those at the forefront of this repressive regime of football are officials who are loosening their belts to create comfort for their full stomachs, when the rest of the world is further tightening theirs.

In Namibian football, the leaders are consumed by problems instead of solutions. Leadership is indeed an elusive quality.

Leadership is defined by the individual’s deeds and not title.

Titles are not what will get the ball rolling again on Namibian soccer pitches. It’s determination, humility to accept failure and empathy for those we serve.

What will the legacy of the current crop of football leaders be apart from robbing players and their families’ livelihoods? How does one thump their chest without an iota of shame for the pain and suffering of the people they are supposed to serve?

Leaders must create a climate of many victories and such victories must be for the people. They are no personal triumphs for leaders who climb mountains and shout about it.

The only competition we want to see in Namibian football is on the pitch, not in ventilated boardrooms oversupplied with biscuits.

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