After almost a year in the wilderness, disgruntled members of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) technical staff have finally received their outstanding bonuses for bringing the prestigious Cosafa trophy to Namibia for the first time last year.
The nine members of the technical team in South Africa were head of delegation Oscar Mulonda, Brave Warriors head coach Bucksy Mannetti and his lieutenant Ronnie Kanalelo, Harry January (goalkeeper coach), Tim Isaacs (team manager), Jakes Amaning (assistant team manager), Donatha Ngunovandu (medic), Immanuel Mungendje (kit manager) and Sibusizo Mahlangu (fitness coach).
The Warriors’ historic triumph in the annual Cosafa Regional Cup sent the success-starved Namibians (sports-wise) into a frenzy – prompting the Namibian head of state Dr Hage Geingob to invite the entire playing personnel to State House for a three-course lunch as a token of appreciation.
While at the well-attended gathering, the football-crazy Namibian president surprised all and sundry by announcing that the government had set aside a handsome N$1.2 million exclusively for the playing personnel as reward for their heroics.
In the meantime, the portfolio ministry was not going to be left out and took its turn by undertaking to grease the palms of the entire technical staff with an undisclosed amount.
However, the customary bureaucracy at government agencies stalled the promised payment – leaving the technical team disillusioned while waiting for their promised bonus, yet the players were smiling all the way to the bank.
With murmurs of discontent threatening to derail the Warriors’ fragile preparations for the defence of their Cosafa Cup – government acted swiftly to avoid a walkout and paid out the promised bonus just before the start of the 2016 Cosafa Cup.
The exact figure has not yet been made public, but New Era Weekend Sport has it on good authority that it’s quite a considerable amount, erasing any dissatisfaction from the grumbling faces of the previously disgruntled technical staff.