Mbidi Has High Hopes for NFA

The new president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Frans Mbidi aims to make the NFA one of the best run organisations within the world governing body, FIFA.

Speaking during an interview at the launch of the Biest Namibia Cup last week, Mbidi said the new executive committee which was elected in December 2014 had set itself high targets.

“I am pledging to everyone that the NFA will become one of the best run organisations in the FIFA family. In the FIFA family we strive for excellence and the goals and objectives that we have set ourselves with the current executive is to make it an excellent organisation. The legacy we want to leave behind is an organisation that is credible, an organisation that you can trust and that is timely and whenever the media want anything from the NFA it will be on the spot,” he said.

“We want to make the NFA the best run organisation, and in fact, FIFA has awarded the NFA in the past with many accolades. We had the Best Women’s Football Development Progamme with our Girl Child programme that won us an international award. So those things are happening in the NFA but maybe because of the problems we are encountering like the limitation of staff, those challenges are hampering us from reporting properly. But we are going to address that, to make sure that we employ quality personnel to take the NFA to the next level,” he added.

Mbidi said they would aim to attract more sponsors, adding that all sponsors will receive certificates of appreciation.

“I’m very positive about attracting new sponsors, but we must first get our house in order. We must be as transparent as possible and we must reflect to the world or to corporate Namibia what our shortcomings are and the benefit that can be derived from football.”

“There are a lot of benefits. There are service stations that are benefitting from our players but they are not pumping anything into the sport. We are travelling every weekend to our different destinations to play football, and we want them to get involved.”

“When we hosted the African Women Championships last year, all the hotels were fully booked, but what are we getting from the hotels? That’s the message we want to get across to corporate Namibia, to understand the positives that can be derived from football,” he said.

Mbidi won the NFA presidency uncontested in December 2014 when his main rival Ranga Haikali walked out of the congress. Mbidi however denied that the congress was controversial, saying that they had won it fairly and squarely.

“You must look at the membership of the NFA. In order for a congress to go ahead you need more than 50 percent members present, but we had more than 80 percent members at the congress. They walked out with less than 20 percent in this country and I think they can answer that question themselves, why they walked out,” he said.

Mbidi, however, extended an olive branch to the Haikali camp, saying they were needed for the sake of Namibian football.

“We are not going to say, that was an opposition camp so now we will disregard them. They are part and parcel of football and in order for football to grow in this country, we need them badly, they cannot be isolated and we need to build football together,” he said.

“I want them to come back and I have made an effort. I have already started talking to the NPL and I want to address the Board of Governors, so that they can also buy into my programmes.

“So rest assured, going forward, we will definitely incorporate those people into the different development structures of the NFA – they are a valuable asset to football in Namibia and we can not divorce them from the game,” he said.

Source : The Namibian