Normalisation committee meets sports minister

26 Feb 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service on Tuesday.
The meeting was meant to update minister Erastus Uutoni on the progress made since their appointment two weeks ago.
The meeting took place at the ministry’s head office in Windhoek and was attended by the minister, Permanent Secretary Emma Kantema-Gaomas and Director of Sport Sivute Katamba.
The five members of the NC are chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, vice chairperson Franco Cosmos, Gabby Ahrens, Matti Mwandingi and Vivienne Katjiuongua.
Addressing the minister, Basson-Namundjebo gave an update on the state of affairs at NFA when they were appointed.
“We found an organisation that had no policies guiding operations. We were faced with exceptional anomalies such as unpaid salaries and non-communication as telephones and internet were cut off. We also found that the staff was demoralised and demotivated,” she explained.
She added that they took several decisions such as removing NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro from the premises in line with the legal provisions of his contract.
“We also operationalised the team approach by including the middle management of the association to understand their positions, as well as get to feel how they view our appointment and understand their functions. We made them understand that we will adopt a team approach, hence we coined the ‘Team NFA’ slogan,” she added.
Basson-Namundjebo said they then engaged all NFA staff members to explain their mandate as well as reassure them that their services were of paramount importance.
They also identified that some staff members did not have job descriptions, hence the confusion surrounding their commitment to the organisation as evidenced by lack of discipline at the institution.
The normalisation committee chairperson said they regularly meet with various departments at NFA and at times with the operational middle management to get reports, as well as chart the way forward.
“We have looked at issues such as the do-or-die match between the Brave Warriors and Zambia on 24 March as well as the dormant First Division to sort out the relegation and promotion issue. We are also receiving the annual financial statement from BDO (auditing firm) today (Tuesday),” she reported.
She further stated that currently, the NFA is a debt-ridden organisation which has seen staff members going for months without their salaries.
Basson-Namundjebo told the minister a FIFA audit team is currently in the country to do an audit at the NFA.
She also said there are meetings scheduled with the association’s bankers and other stakeholders as they continue to execute their mandate.
On his part, Uutoni thanked the normalisation committee and wished them well in their task, urging them to keep him updated on the developments at NFA.