BELEAGUERED Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman, Johnny Johnson Doeseb seems to be smarting from his court defeat and has refused to shed light on his apology to his football foe, Sidney Martin.
The NPL placed a full-page advert in several newspapers since last week, in which Doeseb apologises for character assassination and defamatory remarks he made against Martin in 2014.
The case between the two businessmen and soccer personalities has its roots in a NPL league match which was abandoned between African Stars and Orlando Pirates. Martin was then chairman of African Stars.
Public spats between the two of them, as a result of the match that was abandoned in 2014, allegedly resulted in Doeseb being quoted in two daily newspapers as having said amongst others that Martin is a threat to local football, that he will shatter the dreams of many soccer loving players and citizens, that he is blinded by his misplaced ego and that he is an undesirable object.
Deeply offended, Martin rushed to the court to defend his honour. The case was postponed a few times since 2014 until a settlement was reached between the two parties, resulting in Doeseb placing the full-page advertisement.
In his apology, Doeseb said: “I unequivocally retract all such imputations and unreservedly apologise that they were made. I regret any inconvenience caused to Mr. Martin.”
What however drew attention was the fact that the advertisement was placed with the logo of the Namibia Premier League featuring prominently in the top right corner of the apology. This raised questions as to whether Doeseb himself paid for the placement of the apology or whether it was paid for by the cash-strapped league.
Doeseb would however not be drawn into divulging who was responsible for the payment. His terse response to Confidente Sport’s enquiry was, “That chapter is closed and there is no need for me to comment on the apology to Sidney Martin.”
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