I hereby wish to take this opportunity to-on behalf of the DTA and all its members and supporters-with pride and joy congratulate: the Brave Warriors, Mr. Ricardo Mannetti and his entire coaching and support staff, the NFA, the whole Namibian footballing fraternity and football lovers alike on their and our brilliant triumph on Saturday (30 May 2015) in the Cosafa Cup Final and over all tournament victory.
The Brave Warriors that I grew up supporting as a young person are finally back! Nothing makes me happier.
However whilst we rightly bask in our well-earned glory let us also utilize this opportunity as a stepping stone to bring about long overdue reform and change to our national footballing structures. Our players have shown that despite playing against opponents from other countries who are footballers by profession, whilst some (if not the majority) of them have to hold down 8-5 jobs aside from playing and practicing football after hours and on weekends.
Against these great obstacles, our players have categorically shown that the raw talent is there, it is clear for all to see, I now implore on all those in charge of the footballing structures in our country and all other stakeholders in our footballing family to commence and facilitate the changes required to move the NPL from a “semi-professional” league to a genuinely professional league where the wages/salaries paid to the players do not require them to have an additional full time job in order to make ends meet.
Whenever we bring in professionals from other countries for coaching clinics or other technical assistance, we award them their due respect and pay their wages without question, it is time our own sports, and specifically footballing professionals, were afforded the same respect and credit.
Only once we properly reform our footballing structures to ensure the establishment and wide- ranging availability of the correct training facilities, latest techniques in sport science fitness and development, proper and adequate wage structures for football professionals can we truly compete and win on a (larger) African and global scale.
Hon. McHenry Venaani, MP President of the DTA
Viva Brave Warriors. Viva.