23 Mar 2016 09:20am
GOBABIS, 23 MAR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has finally incorporated the long-awaited plight of rewarding the Brave Warriors technical team in its 2016/17 budget.
This is according to Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service Jerry Ekandjo, who disclosed the developments to Nampa telephonically on Tuesday.
Ekandjo presented the ministrys 2016/17 budget on Tuesday in the National Assembly.
In the conversation with Nampa, the minister gave assurance that he will address the plight of the Brave Warriors nine-member technical team who were promised a reward following their historic triumph of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in May last year.
We will do our best and see how we will accommodate it because it was not in our budget, but we will see. But at the end, we will have to come with a policy towards rewarding athletes and teams, said Ekandjo.
The minister could however not provide a date when such policy will be completed and implemented.
You cannot do anything without a policy, because it acts as a guiding tool. Our former President Hifikepunye Pohamba gave Johanna Benson a house, and President [Hage] Geingob gave [Benson] N.dollars 50 000, because there is no policy.
Upon the team's triumphant return home, President Hage Geingob announced a cash reward of N.dollars 1,2 million for the 24 players, stressing the money should be given to the players only.
Geingob added the technical team would receive their tokens of appreciation from the line ministry the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
In January this year, Ekandjo told Nampa the Brave Warriors technical team will be rewarded in either March or April this year.
Even the N.dollars 50 000 the players got was from President [Hage Geingob]. Last time our budget was depleted and we unfortunately could not even say how much they will get, and we have many other obligations, he noted.
The Cosafa Cup is the first international accolade ever to be won by the senior national football team - Brave Warriors.
Following the victory, Namibia will host the prestigious Cosafa Cup for the first time in its history from 15-29 May, this year.
The members of the technical team are Head Coach Ricardo Mannetti; his Assistant Ronny Kanalelo; Team Manager Tim Isaacs; Players' Manager Jakes Amaning; Goalkeeper Coach Herman Januarie; Kit Manager Immanuel Mungendje; Fitness Trainer Sibusiso Mahlangu; Team Doctor Donatha Ngunovandu; and Head of Mission Oscar Mulonda.