Refs Boss Slams ‘Terrible’ Akan

Namibia Football Association referees manager Edwarth Boy-Boy Ndjadila on Wednesday condemned Orlando Pirates coach Ali Akan for accusing match officials of taking bribes to influence the outcome of matches.

On Sunday, a seething Akan hurled insults at referee Ananias Kangandi before storming onto the pitch. He had to be restrained from attacking the official by a combination of players and stadium security when his side drew 3-3 against Blue Waters in a hotly contested Namibia Premier League match.

He accused the referee, who has since lodged a complaint with the NPL, of being “corrupt and incompetent” based on decisions that went against Pirates.

On Wednesday, an unrepentant Akan expanded on his assertion, claiming it is an open secret that the entire Namibian footballing fraternity was corrupt.

“I’m so sorry for our supporters and so ashamed about all these blunders and the fact that they are robbing our team, but we lost against the referee and football in Namibia is corrupt. If people accept this nonsense then I don’t want to be part of this organisation. Every year we have the same problems. The referees are corrupt and although I don’t have proof, everybody knows that the referees are being paid by club officials,” Akan told The Namibian Sport.

Ndjadila, in turn, accused Akan of lacking in his understanding of football regulations and has requested the league authorities to call him to order for persistent vile conduct.

“His behaviour is unpleasant and terrible. We should not be seeing this in Namibian football. What he is doing is bringing the game into disrepute,” said Ndjadila, who added that an Interpol official was stationed in the country to specifically monitor untoward football practices.

“He [Akan] is alleging match-fixing. If he has proof [of match-fixing] then he must present this to the authorities and they will launch an investigation. But if he does not have such proof then he must not go around spreading malicious rumours,” the aggrieved former elite match official said.


According to Ndjadila, Namibian referees are credible and highly sought after by the Confederation of African Football for international assignments.

He said rather than attack referees, Akan needs to brush up on his knowledge about football rules.

“We cannot be influenced by outside factors,” Ndjadila said. “The problem is that coaches like him have a lack of knowledge of the rules of the game. About two to three months back, I held a Caf C License course and I really don’t want to tell you about his results. That’s why I want to know if he understands the rules.”

He added that: “I have never received a report from my colleagues abroad complaining about our referees. This means something good with our referees, hence the recommendations for them to go officiate at Caf sanctioned matches.”

However Akan is adamant that the system is flawed given that his repeated calls for the NFA to investigate the conduct of referees have been ignored.

“We have called on the NFA to investigate these referees but they never do that. They do that all over the world but not here in Namibia.

“The refs must feel that someone is monitoring their progress, but it never happens. How can you have fair play in football when the referee is not fair? If you have money you can win the league each time,” Akan said.

“As a coach my job is to get good results and me and my players have worked so hard to get our club somewhere this season.

“We came so close and could have challenged for the league title, but then it was stolen from in front of our eyes by the referee.

“If someone steals your bread and butter, then I cannot be a gentleman anymore and I’ll fight till the end,” he added.

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Source : The Namibian