Mbidi elected Cosafa VP

21 Dec 2016 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia Football Association (NFA) President, Frans Mbidi was Saturday elected as vice president of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Sun City, South Africa.
He will serve a five-year term.
The Cosafa website indicates that Zimbabwe Football Association President, Philip Chiyangwa was elected Cosafa president unopposed after incumbent Suketu Patel of the Seychelles chose not to stand for re-election and South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan withdrew from the race.
Five other people were elected as ordinary members of the executive committee. They are Pedro Neto from Angola, Andrew Kamanga from Zambia, Sameer Sobha from Mauritius, Alberto Simanga from Mozambique and Walter Nyamilandu-Manda from Malawi, who has served as an ordinary member on the outgoing executive.
Mbidi said he feels honoured and appreciated.
He told Nampa on Saturday this is not only an achievement for Namibia but for the entire region and the football-loving community in all countries that constitute Cosafa.
“I do not expect clashes between my other responsibilities because the Cosafa position is not a full-time job and the Cosafa General Secretariat is manned by very competent staff.”
Mbidi said he has big plans for Cosafa and his duty is to assist the president and executive to address the need for women’s football competitions in the region.
His election to the regional body comes as the NFA is under pressure to solve problems currently affecting football. The Namibia Premier League does not have a sponsor, with many blaming the top echelons of football administration in the country for the current situation.
The NFA recently failed to send an under-20 men’s national football team to South Africa for an annual Cosafa competition due to shortage of funds, while the women’s under-20 team had to make a last minute dash to Luanda, Angola for the African Union Sports Council Region Five (AUSC) U-20 Youth Games.
Despite all these problems, the senior national men’s team broke into the top 100 teams on the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) ranking after moving from 118th position to 98th, and the under-20 women managed to win second place after a 0-5 hiding by South Africa on Saturday.