Southern Africa: NAFPU Threatens to Withdraw Players From Cosafa

The Namibia Football Players' Union (NAFPU) has threatened to withdraw Brave Warriors players from the Cosafa Cup if national women's football players are not paid for two games already played.

Oslen Kahiriri, who is the secretary general of the union that represents some footballers in Namibia, said during a media conference held in the capital on Wednesday the women footballers had not been paid for two appearances in the Women's African Nations Cup qualifiers against Zambia in March this year.

He added that the union would therefore withdraw male players from the senior football team ahead of the Cosafa Cup that will be held in Windhoek, Namibia in June.

"We are going to go to the Brave Warriors training ground when they come back from Ghana and no one is going to stop us from doing that; we are going to listen to those players' issues also."

He said employers and football administrators should start respecting the dignity of players.

"We are really not happy to see that football players are not paid. We are representing players from Citizens, Orlando Pirates and Unam football clubs and the senior national women's team.

"I am tired of hearing football administrators always saying they don't have money to pay players' salaries or appearance fees after each game. These players have families to feed and we should respect their dignity as human beings," he said.

NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro was out of the country, and Brave Warriors manager Tim Isaacs, who was acting on his behalf, said he was not in a position to answer some of the questions posted to him because it was a sensitive matter.

Source: The Namibian.