By John Tuerijama
OBLIVIOUS of the latest development in the corridors of the Namibia Premier League (NPL), Deputy Acting Sport Officer, Ervin Ndjavera was this week shocked to learn that he is the potential Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the domestic league.
The clearly irritable Ndjavera expressed dismay at the manner the NPL’s executive had handled the matter, following Tuesday’s announcement by the NPL Chairperson, Patrick Kauta.
Kauta announced at a media briefing that Ndjavera had been recommended by the interviewing panel, and that they still anticipated a positive outcome from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
He said the NPL executive had resolved to endorse the recommendation of Ndjavera as the CEO which was still subject to negotiation, as they still had to engage Ndjavera’s current employer.
Kauta further said that if all goes well, they would want to have Ndjavera seconded for the duration of the current executive’s term of three-years.
Asked when Ndjavera must report for duty, Kauta said that they were looking at a date not later than 1 May.
However, Ndjavera highlighted that the NPL had held a media briefing without following the correct procedures.
He said, “They needed to first inform the ministry. They did not even present any offer and if they do present an offer which equals the remuneration package of the former NPL’s CEO, I will not accept it.”
Ndjavera noted that a number of sport officers had been seconded to various sport codes such as boxing and football in the past.
Approached for comment, Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero said that her office had not been informed of the development.
“You know that we have 52 sport codes, and I will not want a situation whereby sport codes will request for secondment and asking why only football benefits. We have seconded one official already to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) but now it could boil down to financial issues,” she stressed.
The deputy minister said that she will approach the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, to enquire about the latest development and find out if any such request was submitted to her office.
Former NPL CEO Mathew Haikali was in charge of the elite league during the 2011/12 football season and left following an amicable solution they had reached with his bosses.
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