01 Jun 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi has called on Brave Warriors players to refrain from unwelcoming behaviour as members of the public now have their eyes on them.
Namibia beat Mozambique 2-0 on Saturday to win their first-ever Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup.
The team landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport at around 19h20 on Sunday. Over 300 supporters welcomed them back at the airport and at Football House in Katutura.
Speaking at a media briefing at the airport, Mbidi told the players they are now in the public domain.
The moment you put on a Namibia jersey you stop becoming a private person and become a public person. You are now public property; you saw how many people came to meet you because you made a difference in their lives, he said.
He called on the players to continue making Namibia proud both on and off the field.
Mbidi also thanked local club owners.
This cup is not here because of individual output. Thanks to the club owners of Namibia, especially the premier league bosses and instructors, for training quality coaches. We were also able to train quality administrators at club level, he stated.
The NFA president said the football body wants to enhance club administration and continue to make Namibia proud.
People were critical of the NFA but we will continue to do good things behind closed doors, he said.
Mbidi noted that the football association has come of age and has a workforce that is able to meet the demands of football in the country.
The national football leader added that Namibia has shown that solidarity will push the country to greater heights.
When we sent these players off I told them we must stop playing for the sake of playing and start winning matches. Gone are the days when we were just participating, now we want trophies, he said.
The Cosafa Cup tournament was held at the small mining town of Moruleng in the North West Province of South Africa from 17 to 30 May.