Under-20 team withdrawn from Cosafa tournament

27 Nov 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The Under-20 Football National Team has been withdrawn from the 2018 Council Of Southern African Football (Cosafa) Tournament scheduled to take place between 30 November and 13 December 2018 in Kitwe, Zambia.

Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Secretary General (SG), Barry Rukoro in an exclusive interview with Nampa on Monday confirmed the withdrawal.

“The similar situation that befell the under 23s has forced us to withdraw the under 20s from this year’s tournament. We do not have funds to send the team over there. We had waited until the last minute with the hope that sanity will prevail, but to no avail,” he said.

He added that they are now awaiting a decision from Cosafa on possible sanctions for the football mother body.

The under-23 team was earlier this month withdrawn from the Olympic Qualifiers against Angola after Rukoro accused NFA president, Frans Mbidi of refusing to sign off a financial request from the association to International Federation of Association Football.

In-turn, Mbidi accused the NFA Executive Committee of illegally ousting him, and demanding that he be first reinstated before he can sign the request.

He was quoted as saying “how can I sign for these things after they removed me.”

The Cosafa Under-20 Championship is used as a developmental tournament, which over the years has produced top quality players, who have gone on to forge successful careers as professional footballers in addition to representing their respective senior national teams.