IT is of paramount importance for sport administrators to maintain transparency and good governance in the administration of any sport code.
I would like to take issue with the Namibia Premier League (NPL) leadership, and for starters, I am flabbergasted by the failure of the institution’s chairperson to respond to questions on the successes and failure of the 2017/18 football league.
But it has now been three weeks counting since I emailed questions to NPL chairperson, looking at various issues pertaining to the just-ended league, disappointingly I have no idea if at all those questions will be answered.
It is important for the league administrators as well as the football association leadership to be pro-active yet professional in their conduct by responding timeously to questions or queries from sport scribes.
If both the sports scribers and sports administrators can ‘see eye to eye’ in their quest to promote and develop sports in the country, we will have a healthy relationship.
During his 2018 State of the Nation (SONA) President Hage Geingob touched on the importance of good governance in the sport fraternity. So, it is imperative on the side of our administrators to maintain professionalism at all times.
Perhaps, the questions I emailed the NPL chairperson will have answers before the kick-off of the 2018/19 football season; hence we and the general football lovers want to know what challenges the NPL leadership encountered and how they intend on bettering the standard of football.
I have no qualms with the NPL’s objective honoring its players, coaches and referees but the notion of honoring players and referees while on a national mission doesn’t bodes well at all.
Why honour players when they are currently with the national team in South Africa for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup, why honor them in absentia?
I think the ideal scenario could have been honoring the players ones the Brave Warriors conclude her campaign instead of rushing the award ceremony.
Its public knowledge that the 2018/19 football season will kick off in August and conclude in May 2019, but rushing the event while some of the nominees are in South Africa for the Cosafa cup does not augur well.
I’m looking forward to the ‘stakeholders meeting’ billed for end of June to chart the way forward in terms of the MTC Premiership award.
Professionally it is important that there is a fixed date for the NPL award, now that we all know the sponsorship agreement signed on the dotted line will last for two more football seasons.
It is one thing being careless in our approach in terms of administration but if we really want to turn our football professional or semi-professional, there is only one thing, and that is to be professional at all times.
If football administrators don’t sing the same hymn, all will be in tatters so it is important that sport administrators improve gradually at each end of any football season.
Let me congratulate the Brave Warriors who have a daunting task since the ‘Chipolopolo’ from Zambia has one thing on their mind which is the sweet revenge but the lads from the ‘Land of the Brave’ have the better psychological edge over their Zambian counterparts come June 2.
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