Come explain it to the players – Rukoro
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) earlier this week called on their government partners to come and explain to the players that all monies due to them will be paid as soon as the Association receives their money from the state.
Barry Rukoro, NFA Secretary General said ahead of the Brave Warriors departure to Senegal on Thursday for their 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifiers on Saturday he deemed it necessary to call on the Sports Commission and the Directorate of Sports to come and address the players.
“These players are owed a lot of money for matches played and going into the Senegal game, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the NFA to keep telling the players the same thing, we have not received our money from government yet; and so it is my responsibility to invite Walter Haseb and Shivute Katamba to come and explain to the players how the process of money release works,” Rukoro said.
Rukoro commended the players on their response to the matter and called on them to remain professionals.
“It is not easy for the players but the way they handled themselves is exemplary. They understand the situation and will go to Senegal on Thursday with integrity and the ever present will to represent their country”, Rukoro said.
The Brave Warriors are out of contention for the 2017 Finals in with six points in third place ahead of the final group game at Group winners Senegal (15 points) after failing to travel to Pretoria due to lack of funds last week, the 11 local – based players will now join up the seven in South Africa to Senegal with a point to prove.
“I’m not happy with the preparation leading to this weekend but we have to remain professionals and deal with it and see how best to go around it. It is up to us to get the mentality of the players right,” said coach Ricardo Mannetti.