Namibia’s sports stadiums should be upgraded to world-class standard, says President-elect Hage Geingob.
He said this on Tuesday during a courtesy call on him by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi.
He said most of the country’s stadiums have terrible turf.
“We need to improve our stadiums. Let’s upgrade them to world-class stadiums so that we can be able to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) one day, he said.
Geingob said the Oshakati Independence Stadium, and the Independence and Sam Nujoma stadiums in Windhoek should be upgraded, as well as the main one in Swakopmund.
He congratulated Mbidi on his election as president of the football association, saying he must ensure that Namibian teams do not just participate in competitions, but win them.
Geingob also advised leaders in the football fraternity to avoid infighting.
“We must work together in football, rather than taking each other to court. That is uncalled for, he said.
He was referring to the case of local business tycoons Sydney Martin and Johnny Doeseb, who are both involved in Namibian football – Martin as a club owner and Doeseb as chairperson of the Namibia Premier League (NPL).