World Cup a far-fetched dream for Namibia

In order to ever qualify for the World Cup, the whole leadership structure of Namibian football, as well as the infrastructure, need a complete overhaul, some experts in the field say.

14 October 2021 | Sports



Namibia’s miserable performance in Group H of the Fifa World Cup has left fans frustrated, with many pointing fingers at the football leadership, structures and non-existent plans to make any impact in international football.

These are the sentiments of the likes of former Brave Warriors players and coaches Ronnie Kanalelo, Collin Benjamin and Woody Jacobs.

These remarks come after the Warriors miserably failed to make any sort of impact in Group H of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, going down 4-0 in the first leg, and again faltering 4-1 in the second leg against Senegal and throwing their chances of qualifying with two matches left to play.

Namibia have never made it to the shores of the football World Cup. The highest competition the Warriors have been to is the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, 2010 and 2019.

Kanalelo, a former goalkeeper and coach of the national senior side, did not mince his words and said that Namibia needs proper club structures and football concepts.

“We need people who know what a real football player looks like and the stepping stones which lead to the final destination,” he said.

Benjamin, a former player and coach, on the other hand said that it is arrogant and disrespectful to talk about the World Cup.

“What has Namibia prepared to have the liberty of talking about reaching the World Cup now?” he said.

Asked why he thinks the football leadership doesn’t recognise his expertise to propel the team forward, Benjamin responded: “An expert will expose your shortcomings. Why bring in an expert?”

Jacobs, a former assistant coach of the team who currently heads the Brave Gladiators, said Namibia has some quality players with experience who are playing in good leagues.

“But being in the same group as Senegal, Algeria, Mali Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco and Guinea is difficult. They have more quality than what we have. And it was the case in the two matches against Senegal, where Namibia had some good chances but didn't convert them, while Senegal just took every single chance they created.

“We were not outplayed entirely, but the fine margins played a decisive role and it just shows that to be able to compete with those powerhouses that have close to 5 000 professionals to choose from, it's always going to be hard.”

He added, however, that Namibia possesses the surprise factor and with meticulous planning, analysis and execution, the big guns can be unsettled.

Jacobs further emphasised that the next generation of players like Prince Tjiueza, Lubeni Haukongo, Steven Damaseb, Kamanjanda Ndisiro and Kennedy Amutenya need to start playing Cosafa and Chan competitions.

“If I could, I would give them a chance in the remaining two matches against Congo and Togo. Some players are ageing and it's time for some new blood and exposure at this level.

“I’m saying this against the background of my experience with the Gladiators where you also have players that have played for quite some time, but it's time to introduce new blood into the team even if it means that we will get hidings.

“We need to start exposing promising players to international competition early on; it’s the only way we can grow. I’m not saying that we need a total overhaul of the team, but there are some of the players who are nearing the end of their international careers while others are in their prime, and we need to create that balance early on,” concluded Jacobs.

Similar News


Afghan national boxing team on the ropes

23 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA/AFP Boxing is risky at the best of times, but Hasib Malikzada now...

Blind twin brothers sprint toward light of dreams

23 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA The biting chill of an early winter morning in east China could hardly slow down Lu Wenkai and Lu Wenxuan,...

Haikali booted out

23 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa WINDHOEKThe Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) ordinary congress yesterday resolved to...

Arrows secure back-to-back wins

23 hours ago | Sports

Kickoff Golden Arrows registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season after defeating Chippa United 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.Abafana Besthende...

Three, two, one, action

3 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Sports

Rivaldo KavangaSynergi on Tuesday hosted the ministry of sport, youth and national service, the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) Events team and representatives of various sports...

Youth Games open today

3 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI LESOTHOThe ninth edition of the Region 5 Games have attracted athletes from Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in 12 disciplines...

Benzema not upset after Ballon d'Or snub

4 days ago - 02 December 2021 | Sports

NAMPA/AFPReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday Karim Benzema is "not crying" about missing out on winning his first Ballon d'Or.Lionel Messi, who left...

Norwich deny 10-man Newcastle

4 days ago - 02 December 2021 | Sports

NAMPA/AFPTeemu Pukki denied 10-man Newcastle a first win all season as Norwich earned a 1-1 draw at St James' Park on Tuesday, but wasted a...

Germany knocks out Britain

4 days ago - 02 December 2021 | Sports

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat British doubles pair Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in two tight sets to send Germany through to the Davis...

PSG Ride the Ridges MTB event launched

4 days ago - 02 December 2021 | Sports

SPORT REPORTER PSG and Capricorn Group yesterday announced the launch of the 2022 PSG Ride the Ridges mountain bike (MTB) event.The Ride the Ridges competition...

Latest News

Tertiary sector to drive recovery

23 hours ago | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy – Expected recovery in Namibia’s tertiary sector will drive the central bank’s forecast growth of 1.5% in the domestic economy in 2021.The Bank...

Flurry of top appointments, re-appointment

23 hours ago | Business

Leoni Dunn has made history as the first woman to be appointed as the second deputy governor of the Bank of Namibia (BoN). Dunn was...

Fourth wave here, ‘but don’t...

23 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKHealth minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has called for calm as Namibia enters...

Stripped employee sues for N$500K

23 hours ago | Justice

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUA former employee of a Chinese shop in Windhoek - who was forced to strip off her uniform in...

Zim's main airport operating without...

23 hours ago | Economics

Harare - Planes are landing at Zimbabwe's main international airport without any radar systems to guide air traffic controllers, a lawmaker said in a video...

IMF reaches agreement with Zambia

23 hours ago | Economics

Lusaka - IMF staff on Friday reached an agreement with Zambia on a US$1.4 billion, three-year aid programme that they said would be based on...

Senegal transport workers end strike

23 hours ago | Economics

Dakar - Senegalese transport unions ended a strike overnight from Friday to Saturday that had paralysed capital Dakar and other regions over police harassment and...

Top Kabila ally ousted from...

23 hours ago | Economics

Kinshasa - DR Congo president Felix Tshisekedi on Saturday named a new head of state mining company Gecamines, replacing an ally of his predecessor and...

EDITORIAL: Fight for justice ends...

23 hours ago | Opinion

On Saturday, Namibian streets lit up with banners, dancing, chants and music during what could arguably be described as the biggest Namibian Pride parade in...

Load More