By John Tuerijama
FORMER Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chief Executive Officer, Mathew Haikali, has warned that the decision by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to appoint an ad hoc committee, to run the affairs of the league, could likely be challenged by the country’s topflight clubs.
The ad hoc committee replaces the NPL interim committee, which has been administering the affairs of the league since the resignation of former league chairman, Johnny Johnson Doeseb, in February.
The interim committee was elected by the NPL 16 topflight teams.
Haikali based his argument about the illegality of the ad hoc committee on the fact that the NFA has taken too long to interfere and arrest the situation, currently being faced by the league, which has failed to kick off since last year, amid ongoing funding woes.
He said that the NFA, as the custodian of Namibian football, was supposed to have gotten involved the moment Doeseb resigned.
“That was the time they (NFA) was supposed to get involved, and now they have allowed the situation to get out of hand. There is nothing uncommon about the NFA getting involved, their only problem is their timing,” said the former NPL CEO.
Haikali, who has a FIFA Certificate in Sport Management, also said there is no provision in the NPL statutes that allowed for the establishment of the interim committee, which was appointed following Doeseb’s resignation.
He said the NFA should have called for an annual general meeting (AGM) and an extraordinary congress, after Doeseb’s resignation, as his was only his post that had become vacant.
“Now they have waited for months and it’s illegal for the NFA to set up an ad hoc committee. These are governance issues; and yes, there are football associations that run their football leagues in their respective countries,” said Haikali.
He said countries such as Angola, Germany and Mozambique have their leagues governed by their national associations, but Haikali queried the timing of the NFA’s intervention in the NPL, saying it was unconstitutional.
The FUTURO III Regional Instructor in Administration and Management also questioned in whose account any sponsorship money from MTC or others will be deposited into.
NFA Public Relations Officer, Dan Kamati, announced last Friday that following a meeting between the NFA and the NPL, it was decided to appoint Roger Kambatuku as the chairman of the ad hoc committee, which will ensure that the league commences on 12 May.
The ad hoc committee will also organise an NPL elective congress, where a substantive executive committee will be elected.
Kambatuku, who is also the chairman of the NFA Competitions Committee, will be deputised by Franco Cosmos, while the other members of the ad hoc committee are Nana Tjombe, Evaristus Evaristus, Ranga Haikali and Victor Amunyela. Haikali claims they were all appointed procedurally.
The ad hoc committee will be responsible for all the administrative and management responsibilities of the league.
It will undertake a “normalisation process”, which will culminate in the election of a substantive executive committee for the NPL, in the shortest period possible.
The NPL interim committee and the NFA top brass decided that NFA president, Frans Mbidi, will sign a new sponsorship agreement with MTC, on behalf of the NPL,so the league can start on 12 May.
However, at this stage no concrete new agreement has been finalised.
It was decided that the NPL interim committee should be replaced by the ad hoc committee, as the legal composition of the interim committee cannot be constitutionally supported by any of the league’s existing legal documents.
The NFA could, therefore, not recognise the NPL interim committee as a legally and authentically constituted body.
Last Friday’s meeting also agreed that the statutes of the NPL are outdated and need to be reviewed.
NFA Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro, Kambatuku, Cosmos and the NPL administrator, Joshua Hoebeb, were tasked to start the process of reviewing certain NPL statutes.
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