21 Feb 2018 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) on Wednesday donated N.dollars 5 000 to University of Namibia and Brave Warriors striker, Muna Katupose, who suffered a serious knee injury in November last year.
Katupose was expected to lead Namibias attack at the African Nations Championships (Chan) in Morocco following his two goals against Comoros in a championship qualifier, which gave the Brave Warriors the three goals to two win that saw them qualify for the Chan competition for the first time ever.
Speaking at the handing over in Windhoek, NAFPU Secretary General Olsen Kahiriri said it is disappointing that national heroes are left to face problems related to their footballing career on their own when they hit hard times.
We want to use Muna as an example of what a player at the highest level can go through, Kahiriri explained.
He said the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and Namibia Football Association (NFA) need to work with the union to negotiate for medical aid and social security for the players.
When a player suffers an injury, medical aid kicks in and the players can be helped. What psychological care was given to Katupose after his injury? he asked.
He added that health and safety is of paramount important to his organisation.
Speaking at the same event, Katupose, who was injured while playing for his club UNAM against Young African, said he took care of his general doctors medical bills while the club (UNAM) paid for the physiotherapist.
He added that his club coach, who also doubles up as national assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo, and Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, as well as the rest of the players kept in touch with him throughout.
The striker also revealed during the event that the physiotherapist had given him the all clear to start playing again as his injury seems to have healed.