By John Tuerijama
COASTAL outfit Eleven Arrows Football Club (FC) head coach, Lucky Shipanga said the nomination process for the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Awards scheduled for this Friday lacked transparency.
Shipanga agrees that players who were outstaying during the just-ended MTC Premiership must be rewarded, but maintains that there is more is needed to be done to make the process professional.
According to him, the process is flawed because team managers including coaches (who often nominate players for awards) do not know all the players very well, and that makes it difficult for them to nominate a deserving player for a specific award.
“I will never know how other players perform because we barely attend premier league matches in other towns except when we travel out. The only time we get to know players from other clubs is when we read sport reports from the newspaper,” said Shipanga.
He proposed that going forward, the NPL must establish a ‘technical committee’ that will travel around to assess players’ performances in conjunction with the Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti and the national side technical committee.“The technical committee will assess players including team managers. Like the players’ player of the season, I doubt players know each other,” said.
He added that all what is needed is an independent body that will guide the NPL leadership on some of the thorny issues which will hinder the process in future.
Shipanga noted that the South African Premier League process has all the important checks and balances that also includes members from the public whose players’ assertions are taken in consideration. Speaking at the launch of the awards this week, league administrator Tovey Hoebeb said a ‘stake holders’ meeting is scheduled for end of June to chart a way forward on how best to organize future awards.
This year’s glittering event will see players winning prizes in absentia because of their national commitment in South Africa for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.
African Stars deadly striker Panduleni Nekundi is the sole nominee in the MTC Premiership Top Goal of the Season while he also features in MTC Premiership Player of the Season including the MTC Premiership Players Player of the Season.
Teams featuring players and officials in this season award are African Stars FC, Black Africa FC, University of Namibia (Unam) FC, Young African and Mighty Gunners while the men in the middle of the park hails from Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena, Khomas and Hardap region.
An amount of N$ 2.2 million has been set aside for the award including the winner’s prize monies.
The event kicks off at 18H00.
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