I want to urge the newly elected Namibia Premier League (NPL) leadership not to end up like their predecessors, whose conduct was seen by many as not having been efficient and transparent.
Let all decisions taken by the new leadership be communicated to all stakeholders within the football fraternity, including the media.
It is so heartbreaking when one hears that trouble is brewing, especially with the so-called bigger clubs, which are struggling to contract players. It is already in the public domain that there are clubs that have released their players, simply because they cannot afford to remunerate them, and others have halved players’ salaries. I must admit that as a sport scribe, I haven’t seen any formal or official communication from the NPL offices informing us that the 2017/18 football season will kick off on 13 October, while some clubs are reportedly without players.
I suggest that the new premier league leadership must explain through a media briefing whether the new season is in fact kicking off on 13 October, as it is being reported. My understanding is that the NPL Board of Governors (BoG) was scheduled to have met last Wednesday, but this meeting was postponed indefinitely, and there has been no official date scheduled for the official start of the new season. I also do not know how much each premier league club will receive, in terms of monthly grants, and if the prize money for the champion side still remains N$1 million or whether this will be increased. Let the new leadership not be found wanting, in terms of being economical with the truth! It is important that the media and the public to know what’s happening, including which clubs are still dragging their feet, thereby delaying the league kickoff. What is the latest on the league sponsors? Is MTC still a key player, after it said at State House meeting earlier this year that it had no problem with sponsoring the league, and that they are waiting for a legitimate league leadership to be introduced to them, before getting the ball rolling? Has the new premier league leadership sought audiences with MTC and other potential sponsors? What is the status quo, as far as co-sponsors are concerned? Who are these likely co-sponsors, and how much is the new leadership contemplating, in terms of their budget proposal to these sponsors? Another important bone of contention is the issue of transfers, with the window period having already closed. Is it going to be reopened to allow players to move from one club to another?
What is going to happen to the current disputes between clubs and players? Is the premier league leadership going ahead with the league kickoff, even though they know that there are unresolved disputes that could negatively impact on the NPL?
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