24 January 2013

Namibia: Money Woes Keep Black Africa Out of Africa

NAMIBIAN champions Black Africa would gladly play in the Caf Champions League if they could afford to do so.

That's according to the club's chairman Bonnie Paulino, in response to NFA president John Muinjo's call for local clubs to return to international competitions.

Muinjo said it would immensely improve the quality of domestic game if the country's leading teams made a habit of playing in the Caf Champions League or Confederation Cup.

"There is a need for our clubs to seriously think about playing in international competitions. This will benefit our football as the players will test themselves against the continent's best," Muinjo during the launch of the Bidvest Namibia Cup earlier in the week.

Civics were the last Namibian side to compete in a continental tournament - featuring in three consecutive Champions League editions between 2004 and 2007.

Strained resources have resulted in subsequent league winners Orlando Pirates, African Stars and now BA not entering the competition.

While former BA chairman Cassius Moetie announced that club would definitely feature in the continent's premier competition, following a successful defence of the Namibia Premier League title last April, Paulino said the club cannot afford to.

"It's simple. There's no money. It's about financial obligations," Paulino said yesterday.

"In the past they [NFA] used to help us to take part in these competitions. Now even they don't have money so where will we get it?

"We only get a million from winning the League and you must take into account that we have players and staff to pay."

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