The Namibian (Windhoek)

20 November 2012

Namibia/Equatorial Guinea: Muinjo Unimpressed By Equatorial Guinea

NAMIBIA Football Association president John Muinjo has described Equatorial Guinea’s organisation of the recent Caf Africa Women’s Championships as “pathetic”.

According to Muinjo, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) made a hash of a number of logistical arrangements.

Muinjo is a member of Caf’s Women Football Tournaments Organising Committee and was in Equatorial Guinea to witness the eighth edition of the Championships which saw the host beat South Africa 4-0 in the final.

“I must say that the organisation from the LOC was rather pathetic in terms of them adhering to set regulations with regard to providing transportation to teams that they were facing as opponents coupled with inadequate preparations towards the hosting of the event,” Muinjo said.

“There were visa problems when the Caf delegation entered the country although this might have finally been resolved, it left a bad taste generally.”

Muinjo said Namibia will host a better version of the event in 2014, given his experience and that of Jacqueline Shipanga, who is member of the CAF women championship 2012 Technical Study Committee.

“I believe with my experience at that level and lessons learned will account for us to streamline and strive to deliver a very good tournament in 2014, God willing. There is also a lot to be done in terms of the regulations with regard to stadiums as we will be having double headers throughout the event.”

While the standard of women’s football has by and large improved in Africa, Muinjo said there remained significant obstacles.

“There are however hampering factors when it comes to the required support from governments, football associations, sponsors and traditional beliefs and norms comparing to the men’s game and these do not occur well for sustainable development I should say.

“Teams want to win at all cost and as such you will find good to excellent performance during the tournaments in the absence of a proper league structure in a particular country where resources are being utilised rather to prepare the national team for this event at the expense of tangible development of the grassroots girl child.”

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