15 November 2012

Namibia: Shipahu Lashes Out At 'Unprofessional' NFA

AXED Brave Warriors striker Tangeni Shipahu has branded the Namibia Football Association (NFA) unprofessional in the aftermath of his omission from the national side.

An unhappy Shipahu took his fury to social network site Facebook via the Thru Pass Football Magazine group on Monday.

Interim Brave Warriors coach Bernard Kaanjuka dropped Shipahu from the team which played Rwanda last night because of “some things he said” on another Facebook page last week.

Kaanjuka said the player would be hauled before a disciplinary hearing if he was to be considered for future internationals.

However, an irate Shipahu claims he has not received communication from the NFA to that effect.

“I have a hearing that I don't even know about. Didn't know anything about it and I was shocked to come read about it in the papers,” Shipahu said.

Brave Warriors goalkeeper coach Ronny Kanalelo unsuccessfully attempted to dissuade Shipahu from further publicising the issue, saying it was an internal matter.

“Tangeni I expect a bit of professionalism from you concerning this case, so deal with it in that matter. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about,” Kanalelo said. All I'm saying is, don't get hectic about it and deal with it like a professional.”

But an unrepentant Shipahu hit back.

“Be an example then 'cause if I knew what the hell was going on I wouldn't have been commenting like this... and don't talk about professionalism 'cause what happened towards me wasn't professional,” said Shipahu.

By his own admission, Shipahu said “the drama” may have been sparked by comments he posted on Namibia Sport's Facebook Page.

Shipahu allegedly ridiculed the Brave Warriors set up saying it is “run like a high school team” and that he would “rather go and play cricket where there are less darkies and less corruption”.

This did not go sit well with the NFA and he subsequently paid for his outburst with his spot in the Brave Warriors squad.

Shipahu, who has won 12 caps and scored two goals for the Brave Warriors, also hinted that his omission from the national team may be personal.

His fallout with the NFA is reminiscent of exiled veteran Quinton Jacobs's assertion earlier this year that the football governing body was inept.

“The only way Namibian football can improve is if we have people in the high positions with qualifications and know what they are doing,”Jacobs was quoted as saying by Informanté.

Jacobs also claimed national team players were poorly rewarded in comparison to the bulky pay-checks the football administrators pocket.

“They are always telling us that there is no money, but if there is no money then why are they still working there?,” Jacobs said.

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