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Just like a bucket of spilt milk, a football career is short-lived and once it is over, it can never be reversed and therefore, smart financial planning is the gateway to a prosperous life after a footballer’s playing days are over. Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman on Saturday took to social media to blast the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for its poor treatment of national team players and the shoddy manner in which the association went about making her travelling arrangements from Turkey to Cape Town, South Africa. After she abruptly announced her withdrawal from Namibia’s Cosafa Cup squad and accused the Namibia Football Association (NFA) of ill-treatment, Brave Gladiators star player Zenatha Coleman has had a change of heart and mind, and will now be joining the women’s national side in South Africa. Monday’s meeting between the Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and all 16 local football clubs resulted in contrasting outcomes, with one faction agreeing to the immediate start of activities while the other resorted to picketing. Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Freddy Mwiya yesterday scored victory over sports minister Agnes Tjongarero after the High Court ordered that Mwiya’s employment contract be extended for another five years. This week, I reported on the meeting between the Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and clubs from both the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) which took place on Monday, but it seems like I have struck some nerves. Yomuhulu waofesi yebona zalipapali mwanaha Namibia (NSC) Freddy Mwiya, viki yefelile natuzi likwambuyu walipapali Agnes Tjongarero, kasamulaho Khuta Yepahami nelaezi kuli tumelelano yamusebezi wahae iekezwe kalilimo liketalizoho. Namibia’s Brave Gladiators yesterday cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Lesotho during their final Group B match of the ongoing Cosafa Cup, but that result was however not enough as they had to rely on a 1-all draw between South Africa and Mozambique to have their place in the semi-finals officially confirmed. Over the years, I have been a keen follower of all debates and discussions around the role and functions of local sports development officers employed by the sports ministry. The role and functions of sports development officers largely remain undefined, and continue to call for renewed introspection. Cricket Namibia (CN) yesterday announced a 16-member squad that will represent the country at this year’s T20 ICC Men’s World Cup in Australia from 16 October to 13 November. Renowned American author and minister of the Oak Hills Church, Max Lucado teaches us that: “A man who wants to flawlessly lead the orchestra must be prepared to turn his back on the crowd”. Already struggling to remain financially afloat, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) last week suffered a massive blow at the office of the labour commissioner after arbitrator Liwela Sasele ordered the NFA to reinstate and pay hefty damages to former employee Werner ‘Kapepe’ Shikwambi, who was unfairly dismissed in 2020. Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics medalist and 200m multiple record holder Christine Mboma has roped in the services of top lawyers to help her break away from a contract she currently has with South African-based Newton Sports Agency, New Era Sport has learnt. Yesterday, the Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) announced that it had overturned the expulsion of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) executive committee members, who were indefinitely exiled from all football activities by the association in 2020. The Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday uplifted and set aside the expulsion of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) executive committee members, saying the decision by the NFA to banish the members was illegal as it had no legal grounds. South African fighter Sabelo Ngebiyana has outlined his ambitious war plan for Namibian opponent Fillipus ‘Energy’ Nghitumbwa, which is chiefly anchored around inflicting serious bodily harm on Nghitumbwa and walking away with the coveted World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Global super bantamweight title. Imms Moses, the trainer of Namibia’s veteran boxer Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro, yesterday rubbished claims that Meroro has become a money-making punching bag, and that the time is ripe for the fighter to hang up his gloves. After days of mounting reports that South African DStv Premiership giants Orlando Pirates are on the verge of securing the signature of Namibian goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua, Chippa United have finally come out to put the speculations to bed. On Wednesday, 28 September 2022, South African-based Newton Sports Agency issued a heavy-worded press statement wherein they made strong threats against local athletics coach Henk Botha, New Era and the Namibian Sun newspapers.