THE Namibia Football Association’s inability to secure lasting sponsorships is down to backbiters within the organisation, its president John Muinjo said.
Muinjo, who made the remark during the NFA’s Ordinary Congress on Saturday, said this was a major contributing factor to the perennial financial woes of the football body.
The NFA has no recognised income generating source and is heavily depended on hand-outs from the government, Fifa, Caf, The Namibian newspaper, Namibia Brewery and other generous donors.
Of all the leagues under the auspices of the NFA, only the Namibia Premier League has a stable sponsor.
“Notwithstanding the milestone and many achievements there seem to be members who operate behind the backs of their fellow football leaders to discourage potential sponsors and donors through badmouthing and backbiting. This has an adverse effect in securing league funding for lower divisions,” Muinjo said.
“This (lack of funding) is seen as the major stumbling block to the realisation of the association’s vision of ensuring a professional league in the country. It has also hampers smooth running of activities of the lower division leagues and hosting of major cup competitions.”
Nonetheless Muinjo still maintains that the football governing body’s top brass is in harmony.
“I regard that the NFA has achieved a milestone in ensuring understanding and cooperation among its membership,” he said.
“Members have learnt to ‘agree to disagree’ for the provision of in-depth planned strategies and decisions.
“Gone are the days of infighting, use of vulgar language in meetings and congresses, and the like.”
Muinjo also said that despite the financial constraints, the NFA has made a number of commendable achievements.
This includes winning the bid to host the 2014 African Women Championship, the establishment of football related courses with at the Polytechnic of Namibia, conducting various administrative and coaching courses and facilitating access to international football platforms for Namibians.