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Some self-anointed local football pundits, mostly those that are perceived to be anti the Patrick Kauta-led Namibia Premier League (NPL), were on Monday up in arms and at pains trying to accuse sports minister Agnes Tjongarero of interfering in local football matters. Let me start by applauding sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and her team at the ministry for taking a bold decision to appoint an independent six-member mediator committee, which has been tasked with investigating, swotting and coming up with recommendations that will finally bring closure to the endless infights that has crippled Namibian football. Sivute Katamba, the acting executive director in the sports ministry, yesterday issued a stern warning to local sport administrators cautioning them that the days of running public-funded sport federations like their own personal fiefdoms will soon be over. With no available remedies within the local football setup, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero has cast her net wider in search of solutions and expertise to help normalise the deteriorating situation of Namibian football. Local gaffer Woody Jacobs yesterday tendered his resignation as Brave Warriors assistant coach, saying lack of trust and an unconducive working relationship between him and his employer, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), led to his decision to resign. Namibian football has suffered a massive blow and is in deep shock following the passing of former Brave Warriors gaffer and veteran administrator Seth Boois, who died yesterday at the age of 60 in a Windhoek hospital. President Hage Geingob yesterday paid a heartfelt tribute to former Brave Warriors head coach and veteran sports administrator-cum-renowned writer Seth Boois, who died last Thursday at the age of 60. Namibia’s rugby sensation Helarius Kisting’s Romanian club CSM Stiinta Baia Mare on Saturday defeated rivals SCM Timisoara to clinch the CEC Bank Super League following an intense action-packed final at the Noua Stadium in Brasov. Presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari yesterday said according former Brave Warriors coach Seth Boois hero status and burial at the revered Heroes Acre is not exclusively at the behest of President Hage Geingob, but it is done on the recommendations of the National Honours Advisory Committee. Namibian veteran goalkeeper Virgil Vries has signed a new contract with South African club Swallows FC, who were recently crowned 2019/20 champions of that country’s GladAfrica Championship and gained automatic promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for next season. Winning countless trophies and dominating African football are some of the targets atop of Namibia’s international Peter Shaulile’s plan of action for new club Mamelodi Sundowns, with the 27-year old striker saying that playing for the South African champions is a dream come true. Just when we all thought we could finally retreat to our respective caves and accord the recently appointed Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) an opportunity to thoroughly investigate and come up with rock-solid recommendations that will help squash the protracted beef between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL), out of the blue, this week, eight clubs wrote Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura on Tuesday wrote back to the country’s sport minister Agnes Tjongarero, again reiterating the world football governing body’s strong stance that it will not accept a breakaway league in Namibia and nor shall it entertain any undue influence or decisions taken by third parties not elected or appointed by the NFA. With very keen interest, I have been following the dialogue between sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura and what has particularly grabbed my attention is Fifa’s unfathomable old-fashioned and equally worrisome one-way style of dialogue. The expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) continues to fire missiles from both ends of the battlefield, as the league at one end is engaged in protracted talks with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) over a licence to go fully professional and at the other end, it is busy bolstering its case filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) against the Namibia Football Association (NFA). Just in a space of a few hours after 10 clubs announced they had resigned as members of the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) and that they have been provisionally accepted to form part of the envisaged Namibia Football Association (NFA) top tier league, events took another nasty twist yesterday morning. Last Friday, on this very column, I emphasised and over-amplified the importance of resolving the protracted standoff between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL) through dialogue and mutual understanding. It was a weekend of high returns for Namibian footballers plying their trade beyond the country’s borders, with striker Benson Shilongo helping Egyptian Premiership club Ismaily to an emphatic victory, while winger-cum-midfielder Deon Hotto got his first competitive run for South African giants Orlando Pirates. The once-revered Gobabis’ Legare sports stadium is in tatters and is falling apart, with the stadium’s floodlights broken and hanging on loose electrical wire ends, while the grass that was once squeaky green, is now on the verge of resembling an elephant battling ground. The Brave Warriors of Namibia climbed one place on the latest Fifa world rankings released yesterday, ascending from 117th place in the world to a slightly improved 116th spot globally.