Mbidi calls on players to behave during Cosafa Cup

10 May 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi has called on senior national football team players to behave while representing the country at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.
He said this while sending the team off to a one-week training camp in Pretoria, South Africa.
They will thereafter head to the North West Province where they will be based for the duration of the Cosafa Cup.
The annual football tournament will this year be hosted in South Africa’s North West province from 17 to 30 May.
Namibia will play their opening match of the tournament on 17 May against Seychelles at the mining village of Moruleng.
Addressing the players in Windhoek on Sunday, Mbidi said they have a huge responsibility on their shoulders as they represent Namibia and the NFA.
“I call on you to not indulge in alcohol, drugs, or to behave in an unruly manner. Drinking is not a national team player’s job, because when you are in South Africa representing Namibia, just remember that there will be international scouts and media that will be following your progress and if you don’t behave, it will have a negative impact on you and the nation,” said Mbidi.
He also told the players to give it their all as their performance on the football field might help the NFA secure better sponsorships in future.
Mbidi said Namibia has talent, but “with a lack of financial backup that talent will not see the light of the day”.
“In order to make the NFA’s efforts in getting funding easier, players that represent the national team should always perform well when on and off the field. As an association when we look for funds from private sectors our job can become easier as people would love to fund a well-behaved team that also performs well,” he stated.
The NFA president also called on players to perform for their coach when on the field of play.
“The success of the team at Cosafa depends on players’ performance on the field while at the same time following the coach’s instructions. If we focus on entertaining the fans then we will not achieve our goals of going further into the tournament,” he said.
He further stated that the time has come for Namibia to stop participating in tournaments and to start competing for silverware, “just like all the other teams at the tournament”.
The team was scheduled to fly to South Africa Sunday afternoon.