NEW ERA | Tuesday, February 6 2018 Morocco romp to CHAN glory Page 22 Level of cycling in Namibia improving – Craven Page 23 SPORT Rukoro’s contract will not be renewed - Mbidi …as NFA president eyes another term NFA president, Frans Mbidi arlos Kambaekwa and tniel Hembapu indhoek amibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi yesterday disclosed hat the employment contract of NFA ecretary-general Barry Rukoro will ot be renewed once it comes full ircle end of next month. In a brief interview with New ra Sport, Mbidi who touched on a ange of issues around of the affairs f the association made it no secret hat in his capacity as president of he NFA, he intends not to renew ukoro’s contract. “It’s true, his (Rukoro) mployment contract comes to an oing to look for a replacement,” ut much more detail. In the same interview, Mbidi urther affirmed his seemingly nquenchable ambition to have plans to gun for another term as NFA president - further asserting plans of prolonging his stay at the rid of Rukoro and then amend the constitution so that it accords him another term. “There’s no need to amend the constitution because the NFA statutes are very clear that the president can be elected for consecutive terms,” shot Mbidi. The northern businessman took over the reins from former president John Muinjo in 2014 after he easily brushed aside some unwanted attention from fellow presidential candidate Ranga Haikali. comes to an end in September this year at the NFA Elective Congress, where heads are expected to roll with a few positions up for grabs. Before becoming president in 2014, Mbidi already served one term as an NFA executive member and as per the NFA constitution, one can only serve for two terms in NFA executive structures – meaning Mbidi has served one term as an executive member and another one as NFA president, which ends in September. Sources yesterday revealed to New Era Sport that Mbidi has been burning the midnight oil lobbying behind the scenes to have his lodging at Football House prolonged by amending the NFA constitution as well as getting rid of Rukoro, who he feels is his biggest stumbling block heading to congress later his year. One reliable source appeared shocked to learn that Mbidi solely chose to pronounce himself on the NFA’s internal contractual intentions of not renewing Rukoro’s contract, as he has no powers to exclusively make such a decision. “I’m totally surprised because as president, Mbidi should know that he does not have the power to terminate or not renew the SG’s contract because t h a t process is done with the full blessing of the entire NFA executive committee. “The president can only bring up the issue to the executive and the executive members will then look into it and decide the way forward. trying to pull such a move; we told him back then to follow procedures and the constitution. But I guess maybe he does not understand how things work. He just has no such powers at all.” Another NFA insider said it was high time for Mbidi to come out and tell the nation what his problem with Rukoro is, because he is apparently creating a cloud of confusion within the NFA. “We feel that maybe he is worried has within the NFA setup and that move to run for another term. NFA SG, Barry Rukoro “He (Mbidi) appears very his SG six months to an important congress? Where have you seen that? But I fear that move (solely deciding not to renew Rukoro’s contract) is trying to bypass the executive committee, which holds all the powers to keep or release Rukoro. Mbidi is not the association’s sole appointing authority, hence we are shocked to hear his proclamation,” added the insider. It’s widely argued that Rukoro enjoys massive support amongst football’s top guns and Mbidi could hard place in his effort to dislodge efas Shipi Elago shakati oung Chiefs FC’s life in the country’s fter the Notherners failed to collect aximum points in their oustanding hiefs at Oshakati Stadium, on unday. Local supporters came en masse o support their favourite team in attle to avoid the dreaded relegation xe that has been hovering over the Amathekie’, as Young Chiefs are ffectionately known. The hosts started the match like a f the home crowd – only for the isiting team to regain momentum alf in search of the early goal. But he hosts’ agile shot-stopper was in n uncompromising mood. However, Young Chiefs regained heir composure midway through the pening half as they strung together couple of good passes, but the oys from Rundu were hard to break Chiefs drop points again Skating on thin ice… mountain to scale in their bid to avoid relegation. – leaving the scoreboard blank (0- 0) going into the changeover. The hosts came out strongly after the resumption but Rundu Chiefs defensive work. However Young Chiefs’ new man Kaniseb Ruan shifted from the wing attack position into a more advanced number nine position. The tactical move almost yielded dividends causing panic in the visitors’ backline which saw Young Chiefs breaking the deadlock in the 65th minute via former Onambula United goalgetter, Ruan. The goal sent the crowd into a frenzy. The visitors, heading towards their back to life when gifted a goal by a schoolboy error through the Young Chiefs’ defence in stoppage time. The end result, 1-1, left the home fans bitterly disappointed having three points at home. Young Chiefs’ poor form could come back to haunt them and the team needs to dig deep to avoid relegation from the MTC Premiership this season. In the meantime, New Era Sports understands that Young Chiefs head coach Alex Itumba and his assistant Cascas Angula’s hands were cut off as they were reduced to being bystanders in the selection of the squad. Team manager Hafeni Shikulo said a resolution was taken at the team’s previous meeting to install both the chairman and manager as interim joint coaches. “Yes, I understand our coaches might be unhappy but we are trying all these things in the best interest of the club because the team has been hopelessly underperforming since the beginning of the current term obliging Shikulo. Their opponents Rundu Chiefs also saw the unceremonious departure of long serving club chairman John Sikerete, who tendered his resignation last month. In the meantime, former United Stars FC mentor and incumbent national under -20 assistant coach, Shakes Malembu, has been roped in to steer the sinking ship out of troubled waters. In the weekend’s other action, MTC Premiership returnees Chiefs Santos and Rundu Chiefs cancelled each other out in a dull goalless stalemate in Tsumeb, on Saturday.