Namibia has named Belgian Tom Saintfiet as their new head coach.

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Controversy looms over Namibia’s new head coach

Posted: 4 July 2008 Time: 12:54 pm

Namibia has named 35-year-old Belgian, Tom Saintfiet, who has never coached a senior national team before, as the new head coach of the Brave Warriors.

Namibia Football Association spokesman Beau Kauta told The Namibian newspaper that Saintfiet will arrive in the country next week and will take up his new post, after former coach and Dutch national Arie Schans, was fired last week.

However, it seems that the appointment will spark controversy as Saintfiet after it was established that he was fired by his former club in Finland, RoPS, in March this year after being in charge of the side for only two months.

It is reported that the players at the premier league club didn’t like the way Saintfiet coached.

The new coach will not sign any contract and his mandate will be to lead the Warriors through their two remaining World Cup/African Nations Cup matches and the Cosafa Cup due later this year.

Kauta said the association was not looking at results to be brought in at national level at this stage, but were looking having a steady national team by 2010.

The new man will also act as the head coach of the Under-23 national side, with current head coach Bobby Samaria ultimately being demoted into an assistant role.

Saintfiet according to Kauta, was head-hunted by the NFA and was considered as the perfect choice for the ailing Brave Warriors side, which has virtually no chance of making it to 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup finals, despite their two remaining matches.

Saintfiet was born in Mol, Belgium, on March 29 1973 and at the age of 24, he was the youngest head coach in Belgium.

Saintfiet has coached in several countries like Qatar, before he also became the head coach of the Under-17 side in that country.

He also coached league clubs in The Netherlands, Germany, Faroe Islands, Ivory Coast and in the lower Belgium leagues.

Strangely, the new coach will also be expected to appoint his own assistant coaches, but will not be allowed to choose any foreigners as the NFA is currently cash-strapped and unable to pay for them.

Previous comments on this story...

Frans Kafula
posted: 01:36 pm
This is a matter of the blind leading the blind. The NFA don't have a clue what to do with Namibua football.
Anonymous
posted: 02:29 pm
France, I agree with you my brother...

They copied what SAFA did, but because of their blindness, they cant see what is happening here in mzansi. Santana........coaching Bafana.....
Anonymous
posted: 03:34 pm
SADC soccer is becoming a shame to Africa...guys lets stand for our own local coaches if we want to uplift our SADC soccer again..after collapsing recently.

Recall Clive Barker with Bafana, Rasten Mogane with Brave Warriors...it was the game with passion. Foreign coaches first need to get used to the players here, and the style of play..and by that time, the image of the national team is already damaged!

It's a disgrace!!
Frans Kafula
posted: 03:49 pm
I think we should stick with African coaches in general. Is this Norwegian, for example, better than the likes of Stephen Keshi, Shakes Mashaba and the lot? Our national team played its best football under African coaches (Rusten & the late Big Ben), therefore I was expecting us to head-hunt an African coach after the death of Ben Bamfuchile. But what did the NFA's Exco do? The appoint some football instructor from Holland and it backfired on them.
Frans Kafula
posted: 03:51 pm
I think we should stick with African coaches in general. Is this Norwegian, for example, better than the likes of Stephen Keshi, Shakes Mashaba and the lot? Our national team played its best football under African coaches (Rusten & the late Big Ben), therefore I was expecting us to head-hunt an African coach after the death of Ben Bamfuchile. But what did the NFA's Exco do? The appoint some football instructor from Holland and it backfired on them.
Anonymous
posted: 04:16 pm
Kanalelo speaks out

CORRY IHUHUA
BRAVE Warriors assistant coach, Ronnie Kanalelo says Namibia has capable coaches who can lead the national football team.




Kanalelo told The Namibian Sport in an interview yesterday that although he has to respect the wishes of the Namibia Football Association executive committee members for appointing a foreign coach this week, he still believes that the Namibian coaches can do the job.

Kanalelo and Brian Isaacs were assistant coaches to the sacked Arie Schans, and their fate is also not known when the new coach, Belgian-born, Tom Saintfiet takes over from next week.

Kanalelo said: "If they (NFA) believe in appointing a foreigner and if they believe the decision will have a positive impact on the football in the country, I will respect that.

But the bottom line is, Namibia surely has good coaches who can take charge of the national team."

He said he will take the opportunity to work with the new coach if given the chance and will support his ideas as long as they are beneficial to the good performance of the team.

He said over the years, Namibian coaches have attended numerous courses to better their coaching knowledge and it will be good if they are given the jobs at the highest level to test their mettle.

Kanalelo also doubles up as the technical director of premiership club Eleven Arrows and formerly played for them, Blue Waters and Black Africa.

He is also a former Brave Warriors and Mamelodi Sundowns goalminder and attended coaching courses in Germany and South Africa.

He also coached Black Africa for a season before he was called to assist the late Brave Warriors coach, Ben Bamfuchile, on national level.

Kanalelo said if not given the assistant coach role at the Warriors by the new coach, he will concentrate on Arrows, but was willing to help at other national levels of football in the country.

Saintfiet has been given the discretion of choosing his own assistant coaches, but it is not clear if he will continue with Kanalelo and Isaacs.

He is also not allowed to bring in assistants from outside Namibia, due to the precarious financial situation that could be as a result of shoddy planning by the NFA.

source: www.namibian.com.na
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
the problem with SA and Nam football is AROGANCE,while SA thinks football is all about how much u spend instead of skills and talents,Nam players are simply not the serious type,they drink to stupor,lack disciplne and the govt doesnt even care about their players' welfare and ofcourse a little bit of arogance.Untill u guys come down from ur overbloated egos,u will continue to be at the bottom of African football.
Anonymous
posted: 11:54 am
Ugochukwu: I'm afraid you are right in some respects. You just forget that South African players and fans also think that football is about how much you dribble, showboat, and how many girlfriends you have.
Frans Kafula
posted: 03:30 pm
I actually feel pity when Namibian and SA soccer fans jump up when they see a shibobos and tsamayas on the field, even if they are losing. It's such a pity that people have this mentality when it comes to football.
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