By John Tuerijama
THE situation that football has eventually found itself in should not be squarely blamed on Johnny John Doeseb as an individual because of him being the league’s chairman but club owners should equally share the blame.
Premier league clubs have been idling on their laurels for too long in the shadow of the Premier League without any effort of sourcing for individual sponsorships.
Now, suddenly they (clubs) have the audacity to apparently institute a vote of no confidence into the NPL leadership which hopelessly failed to take shape or form at the NPL’s annual general meeting.
The vote of no confidence that we all heard through the NBC Otjiherero Radio on Friday afternoon that 11 premier league clubs decided to institute a vote of no confidence shamelessly came to an unfortunate standstill. Why?
The reason is simply that those who decided to bring in a vote of no confidence chickened out and had neither guts nor courage to back ‘the man’ (name known) who brought in the vote of no confidence at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday.
All clubs representatives kept quiet like babies and had to be content with the AGM’s agenda. My question is why go to NBC and inform people that you planning to have a vote of no confidence without following the proper procedures – that of informing the NPL’s leadership two or three weeks before the AGM.
I personally blame the premier league clubs who even though the majority are said to have paid their affiliation fees to the NPL however did not think of coming together and source for a sponsor that will be keen to sponsor a top eight or top four tournament where the winner will take all.
Do club owners really have the passion of football at heart or are they there simply to satisfy their bloated egos? You really can’t tell me that teams such as African Stars, Tigers, Black Africa, Orlando Pirates, Unam, Civics, Tura Magic and Citizen can’t come under one roof and source for a sponsor that is willing to come on board and organise pre-season tournaments.
Despite, the failure by Doeseb and his charges to secure the much-needed sponsorship that will fork in a cool N$24 million, so have clubs on the other hand been dormant and have failed to ‘think outside the box’. We all know that Doeseb has written over 35 letters to various companies seeking an audience to present their case but only one company has opened its doors to have NPL present their case yet clubs as individuals have done little or simply nothing in their attempts to reverse the situation.
I personally would have loved to see clubs being pro-active as they are the only sole beneficiaries because they (clubs) knew and still know that there is no money and yet the so-called NPL Board of Governors (BoG) apparently composed of teams’ representatives are as toothless as the clubs they represent.
This was a situation that needed to see unity of purpose of Windhoek-based clubs to have been proactive to keep the flame burning by insistently and courageously looking for a sponsor. Shame on you!
I give credit to the two coastal sides Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters for having organised a football tournament but they also should have done better. Walvis Bay is an industrial hub with the country’s major fishing companies based there yet these two clubs could not convince those companies to stage a top eight or top ten tournament over two consecutive weekends, and what have is rather pathetic.
I personally have written on possible routes that clubs could take while Doeseb and his pundits are sourcing for funds but all that these clubs want is to be babysat all the way. I wonder why the corporate world is all of a sudden mum on the football fiasco and why they not willing to invest a buck into football.
The media as far as I’m concerned have tried their level best by writing about this rather worrying situation through articles and editorials of various kinds but I must admit this situation is created by the NPL and its affiliated (clubs).
Now we are told the 2016/17 season will kick-off in February next year – again they are pronouncing themselves with certainty but let us play the game of wait and see. I now personally have rested my case and I promise not to write anything on football unless it’s something major like a serious sponsorship announcement.
Mind you, to date the NPL has only managed the N$3 million sponsorship and it is not known if the agreement has been honoured or not and like they say time will always tell what, when, how, and whom.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015