Benjamin explains Brave Warriors snub

12 Jul 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors second assistant coach Collin Benjamin says the country’s football structures need “a positively structured, adequate and rigid approach as a basis for a new beginning” for the team to succeed going forward.
Speaking to Nampa following his reported snubbing of the opportunity to lead the Brave Warriors against The Comoros Islands in the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN), Benjamin said he cherishes to be coach of the team one day.
“To stand in as a fireman is not the most expedient solution. It is however understandable that the NC [FIFA Normalisation Committee] don’t want to commit themselves at this juncture,” he explained.
He further added that he remains loyal to the country and would like to contribute positively in the future success of the team.
“I am as Namibian as pap and kapana and would cherish the opportunity to be the coach of our beloved national soccer team, the Brave Warriors one day,” he concluded.
His response follows reports from the chairperson of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)’s Normalisation Committee (NC), Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, that Benjamin had been offered the position and turned it down.
Basson-Namundjebo added that the Brave Warriors will get a new interim coach by next week.
“(Collin) Benjamin declined the offer but we are talking to a number of other coaches. By Monday we will know who accepted. It is not a crisis. It will be an interim coach for the CHAN matches,” Basson-Namundjebo said, referring to the team’s CHAN matches scheduled to take place on 26 July and 02 August 2019.