THE news this week that the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) has backed the Namibia Football Association (NFA) decision to appoint an ad hoc committee to manage the affairs of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) came as somewhat of a surprise.
It was reported that following a marathon meeting with the NFA top brass on Sunday, the NSC chose to uphold its affiliate’s decision to take over the NPL’s administration.
The NFA does receive an annual grant from the NSC for the national team to participate internationally, but does that really give the commission any right to interfere in the current football squabbles?
In validating the legitimacy of the ad hoc committee, the NSC effectively nullified the NPL interim committee, which had been mandated to negotiate with sponsors and turn the fortunes of the non-starting league around following the resignation of former chairman, Johnny Doeseb, in February.
The interim committee was elected by the 16 topflight teams, which make up the NPL Board of Governors.
The NFA’s argument was that Doeseb and his management committee were forcefully removed, which was not the case, as they all tendered their resignations.
One would think that in the absence of an NPL Congress being called to elect a new leadership, the NPL Board of Governors could have legitimately delegated any duties to the interim committee.
Why does the NFA not deal with the NPL Board of Governors then?
Who did the NFA deal with when they decided to appoint an ad hoc committee? Surely it could not have dealt with the NPL interim committee because according to them, they were illegal.
Why didn’t the NFA not rather compel the NPL Board of Governors to redress the situation, by following due process as per the NPL Constitution?
The NFA should rather have guided the NPL, instead of appointing an ad hoc committee. Why was the NPL Board of Governors overlooked?
Would it be safe to assume that the NFA has made itself guilty of interference, under the guise of trying to remedy problems at the NPL?
What exactly does the NSC endorsement of the NFA-appointed ad hoc committee mean?
The NFA is said to be intentionally hijacking the NPL because some clubs have decided to uphold the resolution taken earlier this year that the league should first secure a sponsor, before they take part in the Debmarine Namibia Cup.
If the NFA knew that the processes followed to establish an interim committee were flawed, why didn’t it advise the NPL Board of Governors during the initial stages of this process?
There is so much being said about the NPL and every word that is uttered causes more confusion and frustration, especially to the players who depend on football for their livelihood.
In all these verbal spats and squabbles, I doubt if the interests of the players are being considered. Officials are, in my view, just too greedy and only think of their own interests. And the players are left to pay the price.
Assuming that the ad hoc committee is in fact legitimate, it would be in the best interest of the football fraternity that it organises NPL elections as soon as possible, to elect a new substantive executive committee.
Dillydallying on the matter will cause more pain for the players and the fans, who want to watch local football. The politics is now hastening the demise of football and the love that people have for the game.
Sponsors are looking at this current circus. It has simply become a joke.
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