By John Tuerijama
PATRICK Kauta has expressed his willingness to stand as a candidate for the chairmanship of the Namibia Premier League (NPL), at its elective congress that takes place on Saturday in Windhoek.
The NPL’s extraordinary general assembly last week adopted the Manual on Rules and Regulations for the 2017/18 football season, while the elective congress will also deliberate on the kickoff date for the new season.
The positions of chairperson, vice-chairperson and five other executive member posts will be contested at the NPL elective congress.
Kauta is currently serving as the NPL interim chairperson, after the Namibia Football Association (NFA) mandated the premier league to adopt its amended constitution, convene an elective congress and eventually announce a kickoff date for the new football season.
Kauta, who is also African Stars chairperson, confirmed to Confidente during an interview this week that his is willing to take over the reins of the premier league.
“Yes, I am willing to be nominated for the position of chairperson,” said Kauta.
Asked when the league will kick off, the aspiring Kauta said that once the elective congress is successfully concluded, the new executive will convene a meeting to decide on when the league will start, which has been in limbo since September last year, amid funding foes.
Citizens Football Club (FC) owner and founder, Dawid Goagoseb, said this week that he supports Kauta, and that at this stage there is indeed a lack of football leadership in the country.
“We have decided on Kauta as a credible and capable individual, whose academic and social standing in society speaks volume,” said Goagoseb.“Kauta is one individual who has been in football for a very long time, and has successfully administered African Stars FC. As you very well know, African Stars FC is one of the bigger clubs in our domestic football, and it is never easy running a club like African Stars FC. He is our very best bet.
“I have not spoken to Kauta personally, but I think that he is one individual, whose credentials definitely fit the shoe, and with one capable deputy chairperson, whom I will not mention, I am confident that our football will take the direction that is needed,” Goagoseb added.
Tura Magic FC chairperson, Peter Nakurua, explained that his club had a meeting, and that it decided to nominate Kauta for the position of NPL chairperson.
He described Kauta as a candidate who possesses the credentials to take the premier league to greater heights, provided that the club chairpersons rally behind him.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, another chairperson and founder of a premier league team, said that after consulting with a number of people within the premier league, he is confident that all the 16 clubs will elect Kauta as the new chairperson. He however, refused to divulge more information on the other candidates who will be vying to serve on the executive committee.
Eleven Arrows FC’s Gabriel Tjombe said that his club met on Monday, and the decision taken was that the team will support Kauta.
University of Namibia (Unam) FC chairperson, Ben Naobeb, told Confidente that they have inclusively the names of the seven candidates nominated for the NPL executive committee, and are in agreement with some the names put forward.
He said that Unam has not n o m i n a t e d anyone, but will support the popular d e c i s i ons taken by the other clubs.
B l a c k Africa FC chairperson, Boni Paul i no, said that their preferred candidates have already been nominated for positions on the NPL executive.
“We have not taken a decision (about the chairperson post), as we are going to take a decision on Saturday. There was no need to nominate anyone,” said Paulino.
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