By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Premier League has been ordered to pay the Orlando Pirates players who have not received their remuneration for three months, since the 2015/16 season ended in April.
Orlando Pirates, one of the leading clubs in the Namibia Premier League (NPL), has defaulted on their contractual obligations with the players who have since sought the assistance of the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU). In turn, NAFPU has approached the Labour Commissioner’s Office for redress and the case was due to be heard this week.
While the matter was pending, NAFPU’s special advisor, Hendrick Christian, has called on the Namibia Premier League to take charge and remedy the situation, alleging that the league was liable for the situation.
He argued that clubs are affiliated to the NPL and that through the Premier League clubs are getting monthly grants through the MTC/NPL sponsorship agreement.
“Suddenly clubs are not paying their players, and nobody cares. My heart really feels for those players who have to pay their rent and feed their families.
If this problem is not solved the possible solution is that some clubs might not play in the NPL during the coming season or players will be forced to join other clubs,” warned Christian.
Approached for comment, the NPL’s administrator, Tovey Hoebeb said: “Where on this earth did you hear of a parent being punished for the wrong doing of his child?
“NPL has not entered into in any agreement with any player and does not have any obligation towards players. Clubs are having obligations towards their players, not the NPL,” fumed Hoebeb.
Hoebeb said it in terms of the Labour Act, it is the club that entered into an agreement with the players and therefore Orlando Pirates, or any other club, should be held responsible for the non-payment of their players.
On top of not being able to pay their players, it also appears that there is a leadership vacuum at Orlando Pirates as erstwhile chairman, Ali Ekber Akhan, has publicly stated that he has handed over the club to its owners while chief operations officer, Mabos Vries also said he was not in charge of one of the country’s most loved clubs.
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