WHOEVER will be the newly appointed Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chief Executive Officer has a mammoth task to craft and present a blueprint strategy that will warrant the much needed transformation of the domestic league that will take football back to its glory days.
We expect basic strategies such as a five-year plan among other short and long term plans aimed at the development of the most popular game and rope in more corporates to support and assist the immense contribution that has been rendered by the Mobile Telecommunication Company (MTC), over the past years.
The incumbent CEO will have to make sure that we do not have a repeat of what the previous bosses did by feeding the nation with overrated lies and promises over and over again, which eventually caught up with them and were the reasons why they were given marching orders.
In as much as we know that for us to achieve greatness and transparency there is need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders and the highest level of professionalism especially from the teams themselves as they play a very crucial role in the league’s success or downfall story.
Such anomalies include us as sport journalists finding it extremely hard to get information regarding teams, while at the same time we notice and write much to our dismay the lowest level of regard towards the rules and regulations of the beautiful game.
I must say that I was taken aback by the fact that there are still referees who cannot even formulate a simple match report to date hence we sometimes get match reports that only contain common phrases like ‘no problems found’ which is a serious drag. Still on ‘the men in black’ it is now common knowledge that they have a serious lack of fitness which has been raised previously but to no avail, hence contributing to the degradation of our local football.
Such situations we find ourselves in need to be closely monitored all the times in view of large amounts that most corporates pump in and still do not get value for their money which eventually disappoints them hence they normally pull the plug if they see a serious lack of professionalism.
The questions that some in the football fraternity are asking is whether the new football sheriff has the teeth to introduce the much needed change. I for one wish to see a situation where the league champion competes in the Total Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league aside of the funding stumbling block. How do we expect our football teams to grow when all they do is depend on the monthly grant from MTC and FNB Namibia through the NPL?
Its incumbent upon Premier league teams to incentivise ways and means on how to attract spectators to the stadiums.
Again let me in the same breath implore on the new NPL CEO, to strictly enforce the FIFA laws and regulations so that clubs are mandated to put in place youth structures; also they are supposed to have women football teams as well as supporters’ clubs to make this beautiful game an appealing product that will in the long run see the corporate sector investing in the sport.
Congratulation to the new NPL boss!
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