■ Southern Times Writer
The troubled Namibia Football Association (NFA) has still not decided on what to do with the R11 million Coronavirus (Covid-19) relief funds, which are expected to be received from FIFA.
As part of its quest to help its member associations combat the effects brought about by Covid-19, FIFA has started to disburse money to football associations.
Namibia through the NFA is set to receive R11 million but the association has admitted that it has still not yet decided on what to spend the money on.
NFA acting secretary general Franco Cosmos admitted that a meeting is yet be held to decide how that money will be used.
He confirmed that NFA has indeed received a communication from FIFA indicating that the world football governing body plans to assist member associations with some financial relief due to Covid-19 pandemic and they are still awaiting those funds.
“Those funds are not part of the NFA operational budget and therefore, once FIFA transfers, we will have to notify the Executive Committee and they make a decision on how to use that money in relation to Covid-19. We cannot now prematurely talk until such time that the Executive Committee pronounces themselves on those funds when we do get them from FIFA,” he said.
Cosmos added that he Normalization Committee that was in office had earlier indicated to FIFA that the NFA has a lot of debts and for them to normalize football it was imperative that those debts were at least cleared to ensure a clean slate for the new normal of football.
“FIFA has finally given us the funds and we intend to use for that purpose it was requested and given for. It will not cover all the debts but we will try and do the best where we can to cover them,” he said.
The FIFA Normalization Committee was headed by Hilda Basson-Namundjebo and their mandate to normalize football started in February 2019 to 15 March 2020 upon which the Executive Committee headed by President Ranga Haikali, voted in on 22 February 2020, took over.
Cosmos said NFA staff members who work at the headquarters in Windhoek are expected to be back at work by 2 June in line with Level three of the Covid-19 State of Emergency Regulations.