The 26th Ordinary Congress of the NFA
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) held its 26th Ordinary Congress at the Atlantic Hotel, Walvis Bay in Erongo Region on the 3rd December 2016 and as per the NFA Statutes the congress was attended by all its 20 affiliated members.
The 20-affiliates members of the NFA are: The Namibia Premier League (NPL), the three Nationwide First Division Leagues (North-East, North-West and Southern Streams), 14 Second Division Leagues that are regional-based, the Women Football League and the Referees’ Association.
Like any ordinary congress the aim of the assembly is to, amongst other deliberations, review the operations of the Association during the season just ended, the 2015/2016 football season, to review and introduce, if necessary, the policies governing the operations of the Association and to keep our membership abreast with current trends and developments at national,, continental and global level.
Despite the challenges we faced and are facing, particularly the economic downtrend, we have successfully managed to implement our key activities such as our all 19 local leagues: the NPL, the three First Division, the 14 second division and the Women Super League.
We have also managed to honour 22 international matches during the season just ended. This includes the matches of the Senior Men’s (Brave Warriors), the under 20 boys, the Under 17 Boys, the Senior Women Team (the Brave Gladiators), the under 20 girls and the Under 17 girls’ teams. It is worthwhile to note that it is the first time that all our youth teams managed to reach the second round of their respective competitions. In addition our Brave Warriors have performed well to improve our position in the Coca-Cola FIFA rankings to the top 100 (98th to be specific), the feat we last achieved in 2001.
We have successfully hosted and participated in the COSAFA Castle Cup 2016 where our team won the silver plate after it has won its first silverware, COSAFA Castle Cup, last year.
Other milestones are the completion of construction and henceforth the opening of the Girl Centre at the Football House through the funding support of GIZ, and the development and improvement of football pitches for the development of youth football in Ohangwena Region funded by FIFA and GIZ.
The congress adopted the recommendations of the Fact Finding Mission that the Association President, Mr Frans Mbidi, commissioned to acquaint himself and the Executive Committee with challenges facing the Association and to seek informed advise towards mechanisms of addressing the challenges. The congress delegates were particularly happy to learn that policies such as for Finance and Human Resources will be introduced and be implemented on the 1st April 2017.
The Congress has also resolved to endorse the resignation of the Namibia Foottball Players’ Union from NFA membership and to introduce a football season that starts in February and ends in November each year to accommodate our local climate and to allow our national teams to be in good shape during continental and international matches.