Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Am just saying that as the first month of 2024 draws to a close, it feels as though half the year has passed, given the whirlwind of activities unfolding in the realm of sports. Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Netball – all these sports have set an elevated standard, particularly in terms of leadership. This surge of activity has ignited a spark of hope, suggesting that 2024 may very well be a turning point for sports in Namibia. Am just saying, for far too long, the lamentation of a lackluster approach by sports leaders towards transforming sports into an…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

In recent times, the sporting landscape in our nation has been marred by a disheartening phenomenon known as “PHD” or Pull Her Down. All am saying is this unsettling trend points to a persistent lack of support for those diligently working to ensure transparency and accountability within our sports federations and clubs. Am just saying a stark contrast emerges when comparing the governance of men’s and women’s sports. Men’s sports are predominantly managed by men, yet when women take the helm in women’s sports, it often undermined by the men in these sports space. Am saying this raises questions about…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

As we usher in 2024, the landscape of sports in our country is undergoing a significant transformation. For those deeply involved in sports, be it as athletes, administrators, partners, or stakeholders, this shift presents a promising sign. However, as we make plans for the upcoming sports activities, it is imperative that we navigate this changing terrain with careful consideration. Am just saying, that in this era dominated by social media, the need for transparent and effective communication has never been more crucial. Awareness of the evolving dynamics within our sports codes is paramount, as there are individuals seeking to undermine…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

As sports leaders entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing young talent, it is incumbent upon us to demonstrate the virtues essential in sports, particularly that of fair play. Am just saying, it is disheartening to hear and learn that young athletes, who have proudly represented this country, to the best of their ability, are being denied their hard-earned rewards by officials who seem more focused on deducting questionable “dues” than supporting the development of these budding talents. Am just saying, these current state of affairs, where minors are handed cash and coerced into signing receipts for funds that do not…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Am just saying that the off-field game of beef amongst sports administrators at various level in the country, raises a lot of eyebrows, and the need for induction workshops for sports leaders on how governance can plays a pivotal role in shaping the course of our athlete and their performance on the field of play. This past week, I took time out to go watch various sports code, and one could see the amount of joy, that sports bring to various stakeholders, from the athlete, supporters, parent, friends and foe. Am just saying, if sports brings so much joy, and…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

The fusion of passion and business in sports often neglects crucial aspects of sound business management, particularly in the domain of planning. I have noticed that it’s becoming increasingly evident that certain sports codes, in their fervor for competition and performance, continue to overlook the fundamental principles of effective planning. This oversight not only impacts administrative efficiency but also disrupts the entire ecosystem surrounding sporting events. Administrators within sports, whether at the club or organizational level, need to acknowledge the critical need for meticulous planning. Planning isn’t just for administrative purposes but also for the seamless execution of competitions. Without…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Enthusiasm and unwavering support of fans is often celebrated as a driving force behind the success of teams and the growth of the game of football. Namibian’s all over the country have witnessed an overwhelming surge in support for Eshoke Chula Chula, both in Oshakati and Windhoek. This unprecedented backing from fans has injected new life into local football. However, as the old adage goes, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and this newfound popularity presents its own set of challenges that demand a thoughtful response from football administrators. Am just saying, the scenes that unfolded during the recent match…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Namibia, as a country stands at a cross road as far as sports is concerned. In a world where sports have transcended boundaries and become a global spectacle, the need for countries to invest in sports facilities and their maintenance has never been more critical. The recent hosting of an international rated Four Nation Squash tournament by Wanderers Sports Club, says a lot about what potential the country has, if we put our money in ensuring that our sports facilities are of international standard. Am just saying, we must start thing not only about nurturing local talent and promoting a…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

In the world of sports, fairness and equity should be fundamental principles, ensuring that competition thrives on merit rather than the size of one’s pocket. Unfortunately, in the MTC Premier Netball League, there is a disconcerting trend, with government-funded institutions dominating the league, while community-funded teams struggle to keep pace. Teams such as wanders, united, Black Africa, Tigers used to be competitive, but that’s the story of the past. Am just saying, this glaring discrepancy is not merely a reflection of superior resources, but a challenge to the core values of sportsmanship and equality that we hold dear. The MTC…
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Just Saying with Matts Haikali

Just Saying with Matts Haikali

I have been following keenly the various tournament being organized around the country and I have observed a very sutle but disturbing trend amongst the organizer. While the promotions of mass participation in sports is important. I have a feeling something is not right somewhere.Am just saying , in an era where progress towards gender equality is being championed across the globe, it remains disheartening to witness disparities persisting within the realm of sports rewards in Namibia at community level.The question arises: Why do women’s sports tournaments often receive fewer rewards than their male counterparts? While it is crucial to…
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