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NEW ERA | Thursday, March 1 2018 Namibia’s Commonwealth Games team almost complete Page 22 //Kharas Coastal Stream Second Division league starts in March Page 23 SPORT Goraseb discharged from hospital after attack WINDHOEK Former Brave Warriors mid- Namibia Football Players’ Union (Nafpu) president, Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb, has been discharged from hospital after Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb being attacked in Windhoek yesterday morning. Goraseb was injured when his Toyota Fortuner was hijacked in Olympia in the early hours of yesterday. Nafpu secretary general Olsen Kahiriri told Nampa that Goraseb was in a stable condition. He said Goraseb’s attackers put objects in the road to slow him down before attacking him. He said the union was shocked to hear about the hijacking. “It is very shocking to hear of such acts, but we are happy that he is in a stable condition and wish him a speedy recovery,” he said. Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Chief Inspector that Goraseb opened a case of robbery. “We will launch an investigation to determine what happened. At the moment it’s a little bit sketchy but a case of robbery was opened and will be investigated,” she said. – Nampa NPL still embarrassingly failing at basics … referees ‘dodge’ writing match reports Otniel Hembapu Windhoek For almost 29 years of its existence, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is sadly, or rather embarrassingly, still failing to get the basics of smooth football administration right. It recently came to the attention of New Era Sport that some, if not league, the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL), do not know how to compile a comprehensive and well-detailed match report. In fact, instead of the required detailed match report the referees are expected to submit to the NPL secretariat and its relevant technical committee, the seemingly handicapped sometimes rather resolve not to submit a Handicapped… The MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) has admitted that local match match commissioners do not know how to compile reports. This photo of the above referee is for illustration only. Photo: Nampa report at all, due to their inability to compile a comprehensive match report. They (referees) would sometimes submit a match report containing one line that reads: “It was a good match”, a practice that was openly admitted by the chief administrator of the NPL, Tovey Hoebeb, at yesterday’s press conference in the capital. Hoebeb, somewhat evidently embarrassed to admit the unacceptable handicap league’s secretariat has taken note and is seriously concerned about referees not knowing how to compile a basic match report, especially in this day and age. “Unfortunately I have to admit that we have such a problem with our referees, especially when it comes to writing or submitting comprehensive match reports. It is no longer a secret, because sometimes one would receive a match report reading one line that says ‘It was a good match’. I mean, tell me, where will one even start with such a match report? It is really bad, but as a responsible organisation, we have taken a decision to work around the situation and junction with the NFA’s referees department, we will engage our match we can improve the situation. Even if it means allowing them to submit match reports written in their home languages, it will be welcomed as they are easily translatable as opposed to submitting a report with just one sentence,” said Hoebeb. For starters, a match report is a vital component of a football match, where the referee records almost all aspects or developments of a particular match, such as players that were cautioned, sent off, and they are also expected to report any incidents. Referees are generally expected to compile and submit a detailed report to the NPL of- (Sundays not included). Another thorny issue also exposing the sad realities clouding Namibian football is the situation of local match commissioners not taking their responsibilities at stadiums seriously. Just like referees, match commissioners too play a pivotal role as they are of paramount importance in organising the match and making sure that all aspects of the match are in place and run smoothly. The role of match commissioners in modern-day football cannot be compromised taking into consideration their sig- of a recreation. Beginning from their appointment down to their particular person character, care has to be taken to ensure that the right people are appointed to fee a match. As element of their characteristics, they have to have the ability to make prompt and accurate of match commissioners are to carry out joint inspection of the area of play prior to the start of a match and also ensure that the a football match. It is also the responsibility of match commissioners to assure arrangements and that unauthorised people or objects do not enter onto the pitch. They are also expected to submit detailed reports of the match to the NPL so after the match. Unlike with referees, match commissioner reports should incorporate almost everything that occurred ahead of, throughout and following the match. But sadly, and to the admission of Hoebeb, local match commis- when they have to submit reports, as they too appear not to know how to structure detailed reports. “There are cases where a match commissioner would simply take a referee’s match report and directly copy everything the referee had written and then send it to us. But they do not realise that those reports do not focus on the same things, as their roles are different. At times we notice that a certain match commissioner that is not present at the pitch but rather sitting somewhere on the pavilions chatting, as opposed to commissioning the match underway at that particular time. Match commissioners too do not submit their reports on time or sometimes do not at all,” added Hoebeb, who challenges faced by the league.

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