Strike while the iron is hot

Strike while the iron is hot

Knock-on effect, Domino effect or better still, kowtowing – that’s the definition of being overly deferential. Well, let me be. In reality, kowtowing literally means touching the ground with one’s forehead, as a sign of deference.
Truth be told, there have been great thinkers in history and it can be quite tempting to treat anything whatsoever said by a thinker whom you greatly admire as if it were obviously genuine.

My take is that uncritical acceptance of other people’s ideas and philosophies could lead to mental stagnation. It has been months now since our football bosses resolved to bury the hatchet in the apparent best interest of the beautiful game.

Needless to note, the entire country is waiting with bated breath as to when league activities will finally start in the country’s topflight football league – the Namibia Premier League – after a self-imposed hiatus lasting more than a year.

Word on the street is that those who have been entrusted to run an eye over the internal affairs of their respective football clubs have been burning the midnight oil to refine the NPL fragile statutes before holding the much-anticipated General Assembly to elect a new executive.

Yours truly still maintains that the patchy constitution is not the actual cause of the trouble in domestic football; the problem lies deeper than the constitution because a piece of paper does certainly not play football.
It’s now a well-documented secret that Namibian football has a deep-seated handicap, which many a club owner is trying by all means to sidestep.

Without beating about the bush, continuous dwelling crowds are the biggest problem in our football and until such time this issue is addressed our football will remain a much-sought after delicacy for stray dogs.
All stakeholders should sit around the table to define a sustainable business model and put measures in place to entice the masses to attend local league matches.

Firstly, we should ask ourselves, is that product on offer good enough to swell the turnstiles? And if not, why not? And what should be done to improve the product and make it more attractive to paying customers.
Secondly, there are hopelessly too many teams (16) in the topflight football league – thus diminishing the quality of opposition, which negatively contributes to sub-standard performance by the playing personnel.

Top football playing nations, including England, have a maximum of 20 teams in their respective leagues despite being blessed with the luxury of a large pool of human resources to draw players from all over that country.
It’s about time football bosses introduced hard and fast rules by setting barometers and strict requirements for the qualification of clubs partaking in our august football league.

We should not have two or four-year-old clubs without any credible football pedigree playing in our topflight football league – that’s uncalled for under normal conditions.

From what I gathered the same old hands are going to be recycled again to be in charge of the NPL hierarchy.
Please pardon me, but these are the very same blokes who were part and parcel of the failed administration and can seriously not come out now to say they are now suddenly equipped with brilliant ideas to take the game forward.

Honestly, tell me: what is it that these blokes in blue suits will do that they could not achieve during their previous tenure on the NPL Board of Governors? I’m just wondering. I rest my case.

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