IS there light at the end of the tunnel for the Namibia Premier League? Last week’s developments seem to indicate that fans can look forward to action on the pitch very soon.
For those who are still in the dark, there is a new sheriff at the NPL. That is after long serving chairman, Johnny Doeseb decided to jump ship before he was pushed. We also know that for many weeks, a group of club officials have been calling for his head. Doeseb did not wait to be humiliated and decided to maintain his integrity by leaving before an Extraordinary General Meeting last Saturday where his fate was to be discussed.
His resignation made it easy for the NPL’s Board of Governors to elect a new Interim Committee which was mandated to steer the ship out of murky waters. They will be running the NPL’s affairs for at least six months before the next elective meeting is called. And that is where fireworks are expected to fly, I am told. I am also told that some club officials have deliberately maintained a low profile to see how things pan out from a distance. These officials will rather wait and see if anything works out and will only express interest in leading the NPL if they sense some light at the end of the tunnel.
And that is where it becomes tricky for the new guys who are expected to perform wonders in a short space of time. I want to congratulate them for taking up the challenge of finding a sponsor for the NPL and to ensure that our young players earn a living. The past few months of turmoil have shown that football is one of the most important things in our lives as Namibians. The absence of premier league football has frustrated not only the players but the coaches, fans and general public at large. Simply put, people want football to start. What is funny is many of those calling for football to start hardly go and watch matches wherever they are played. The important thing, nonetheless, is that soccer is an important part of people’s lives. It is something that the majority of people ‘eat and breathe’ every day.
That is why the new Interim Committee cannot afford to relax. Their movements will be monitored with hawk eyes and their every move will be put under the microscope.
Part of the mandate of the new leadership is to develop a roadmap for the NPL. One wonders whether this will be a different one from the roadmap that all football stakeholders adopted in 2009. We remember very well the Windhoek Declaration of 2009 and the 2010 NPL Strategic Plan that came about as a collective effort from the NFA and the NPL. Are we going to start afresh or will we just review and adjust targets?
I am asking this because there is a tendency to always start new things without considering past efforts. But I hope the new brooms will start to sweep clean to ensure that football starts soon.
There are many things that the Interim Committee has been entrusted with but the most important one for football followers is whether there will be a sponsor and if the league will start within six months.
The honour is on the Interim Committee to rid us from this yoke on football inactivity. Let football be the winner.
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