We have been told several times that the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is an autonomous body, but the events of last week have damaged this status.
Why was the NPL interim committee disbanded, if its appointment was authentic and if due process was followed? Or was the general meeting in February, which elected the NPL’s interim committee just as unlawful as the intervention of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) last week, when it replaced it with an ad hoc committee?
The very same interim committee has been trying to convince businesses to come on board, in the hope of salvaging the country’s number one sport.
We have also been told that the NPL Constitution had been submitted to the NFA for review, but I doubt that process has been completed.
Ad hoc committee chairman, Roger Kambatuku, is now being tasked with the running of the NPL, while the likes of Ranga Haikali are simply being sidelined.
Haikali, because of his business dealings, had played an instrumental role in approaching potential sponsors, and by all accounts, he has been doing a sterling job.
There are many questions that still remain unanswered, including when player registration will commence for the league. The so-called premier league big guns have to date not kicked off their pre-season training, and players have also not been contracted by their clubs.
Several premier league clubs have, as we all know, snubbed the Debmarine Namibia Cup, and the question on the lips of many football lovers is: What punishment is going to be meted out to these sides?
Perhaps Kambatuku, who is also the chairman of the NFA Competition Committee, must explain the disciplinary processes, now that the NFA has taken over the day-to-day affairs of the NPL.
Talks have been making rounds of punishing these NPL clubs, yet they don’t even have a single cent in their bank accounts, and hence they are relying on a possible MTC sponsorship deal to bear fruit.
It has also been indicated that NFA President, Frans Mbidi, will sign the sponsorship agreement. What then is the function and responsibility of the ad hoc committee, in this context?
Why did the NFA wait this long to replace the NPL interim committee? Are these delaying tactics? I think football lovers deserve to know whether their clubs will take part in the new season, as some of these teams are privately owned, and supporters do not have any say in their affairs.
I don’t want to criticise just for the sake of criticising, but we need answers.
Or are we going to witness a situation, where clubs will wait until the eleventh hour, before shunning participation in the new season.
Credit must go to the interim committee for having contacted various businesses to come on board, which is separate from the N$15 million MTC, which has still not been concluded. I suggest that Kambatuku sets a date for the election of the NPL Board of Governors.
They really need to express themselves on some of these issues, so that we have a clear understanding about how this problem is going to be addressed.
How much does the NPL still need, because a number of business outlets, including banking institutions and insurance companies, have expressed an interest in sponsoring football?
The ad hoc committee must urgently address these issues, including the review of the NPL Constitution, and I personally believe that the events of last Friday must never be repeated.
The NPL’s autonomy is under scrutiny, and we need to know what the way forward is. And like I always say, let football be the winner at the end of the day!
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