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Wednesday 24 October 2018
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FIFA probes NFA assets

Officials from the world’s football governing body, FIFA, are in the country to probe whether the funds it has availed to Namibia’s Football Association(NFA) were used for the intended purposes.
FIFA’s Regional Office Development Manager for Southern and East Africa David Fani and Regional Office Project Coordinator Christine Gama are said to have met Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary General Barry Rukoro yesterday in a low-key check-up on operations at the football house.
This is the second time in less than five months that a FIFA team is in the country to assess the affairs of NFA.
The FIFA audit is expected to identify any mismanagement of funds or poor implementation of projects. NFA yesterday expressed a clear conscience stating it welcomes the probe.
In a letter seen by The Patriot written to NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro, Fani said the purpose of the mission is to review ongoing and upcoming NFA projects funded under the FIFA Forward Development Programme and to complete reports in respect of fully-funded and ongoing projects and discuss priorities and objectives for the 2019 – 2022 funding cycle.
The projects to be inspected include the solar installation at the NFA football house, the installation of floodlights at NFA’s Technical Centre and funding for Men’s first Division for the 2018-19 season.
Another fully funded project is the purchase of gym equipment. The documents seen by this publication do not give clarity on the gym equipment or cost thereof.
The publication can however confirm that the solar, floodlights and first division projects have been implemented.
At least four NFA officials who spoke to The Patriot said they were not aware of the FIFA visit.
“We are in the dark about this visit.
I only got to know about Fani’s visit now that you have asked me.
We only get information of this nature when it is leaked to us. Some of us just hold titles here but we do not know what goes on behind the scenes.” said another source.
The source alleged that most of the projects carried out by the NFA are done by Rukoro without EXCO’s approval, hinting that most of the projects were not done according to the book.
During the two day visit, Fani and Gama with Rukoro will probe the status of the projects, budgets and monies used, reports completed by project managers for installations done, photos or videos of equipment and facilities purchased as well as scrutinise contracts signed with suppliers.
Rukoro was not reachable  for comment despite numerous calls made going unanswered.
In the same letter sent to Rukoro, Fani said “in the event that the NFA President [Frans Mbidi] is available, it would be helpful if he could be in attendance particularly during discussion of the 2019 – 2022 priorities and objectives.”
Fani also requested for the NFA Technical Director to be available for discussions around the priorities and objectives of NFA and for further input towards reports on any projects that he might be involved in.
Mbidi who is not part of the inspections due to other commitments said he heard of the delegation through the office but could not be part of it.
Speaking telephonically from Swakopmund yesterday, Mbidi said he will wait for the reports on findings on the said inspection, but sounded discouraged.
“Upon the completion of their inspection, we will wait for the report and see what we should improve on.
Since it is all about development, we would like to see how we get development into the regions too,” said Mbidi.




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