Acquisition of professionals to complement the current under-staffed football Secretariat as well and lack of funding are some of the issues hampering the operations of the Namibia Football Association, NFA President Frans Mbidi said this week.
In an interview, Mbidi stated that the NFA is faced with various pressing challenges that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible if Namibia is to make inroads into qualification for global football events such as the FIFA under-17 World Cup.
“Acquisition of financial resources as well the development of a strategic plan to enhance competency and the formulation and update of NFA Policies are major issues hampering our progress,” Mbidi indicated.
Mbidi who took over in December last year adds the education and training of NFA members and all its affiliates as well as the secretariat staff in all aspects of football in the modern age was something receiving his immediate attention as well.
As a member of FIFA under-17 World Cup Organizing Committee, Mbidi intends to bring back practical strategies.
“FIFA is the highest football organ in the world and for me is to learn more on successful event management, event planning and coordination as well as security arrangements; stadia preparation , travel and accommodation arrangements to enhance our operations locally,” Mbidi explained.
Mbidi said that the NFA can always request FIFA assistance in respect of Management and Administration courses on offer and that going forward more emphasis should be placed on these very important aspects which also cover Event Organization and Management amongst others.