Oshakati City, the only club with the potential to lure the country’s finest talent from the four ‘Os, is really losing the plot.
The club has not won a single game at home and has been taking pride in either drawing or losing by a narrow margin. This is unacceptable for Ekondobolo laNangobe. Whoever is in financial charge of that team must bring in change very quickly, because they are slowly becoming agents of sabotage to the increasing popularity the league is enjoying. Every team that goes to the north expects to come out with one point, if not three. Why is this so? Does this club know that in the second half of the league, most of its games (60 percent) will be away, and they could find the going tough and wake up in relegation zone? In contrast, Eleven Arrows have already completed most of their Windhoek games in the first half of the league, which is an advantage for them, although we will expect the crunch Game of The Season when they meet African Stars on February 18.
If City cannot effect major changes in their clubhouse, they must consult the Immanuel family from Rundu on how these things should be done. I don’t know how, but there are two people with the same surname from the same town who have already won those MTC Volvos. For Oshakati City to get things right at home, perhaps they need to bath in water from Rundu. I also keep expecting a call from 0818883030 everyday after 15h00 and I no longer ignore ‘unknown’ numbers because…well, you never know.
Talk of destructive agents of change, what is happening at Ramblers? Why have the powers that be let the team to go down after all these years of building? Everyone is enjoying the improvements of the league, but we are not going anywhere if other clubs are taking things slowly like that. I also hear Jamu turned up for national team training late on Monday after a ‘round-of-talks’ at Herero Mall on Sunday night. Tom made life difficult for my dear brother, a big shopper at the Mall, who enjoys celebrating with fans until late at night since there won’t be any club training come Monday. This time however, Jamu forgot that he was wanted in camp on Sunday night. I still don’t understand Max Mbaeva’s ankle injury stopping him from reporting for the national team camp. Let’s wait and see if he plays against Ramblers this weekend.
Yes the league is vastly improving. Corry made mention of the need to let the country know just how much money sponsors are putting in. I totally agree. Why? Because no one except management knows how much Hendrik Dawids invested in the team, and we don’t have the stamina to approach him and find out why there seems to be internal turmoil in the team, which has been largely credited to his flailing interest. Is there any guarantee that Dawids won’t leave? What about JJD (get well soon mate)? For all his passion for soccer, one has to note that although he is a mining magnate, there is a global financial meltdown. Will JJD remain steadfast if the storm sweeps past his business empire?
Does NFA/NPL have a database dedicated to how players are being paid? I know of coaches in the league who are yet to be paid once this season, yet they are part of the league’s historic change. They are often being told that the league is still amateur, which is a blatant lie considering the level of business our league is enjoying.
One more thing, who takes note of the gate-takings for the clubs and who follows-up on club audits after matches? If the Black Africa/Pirates match attracted 7000 people, that means hosts BA pocketed N$140,000. The obvious excuse from BA is that they did not count the fans save for the media estimate, but what about introducing a ticketing system for all the clubs that make the media , so they know how many people paid entry? It’s almost 3pm; I have to go. I’m expecting a Volvo call from MTC any minute.