…As domestic elite season set for September kick off
By John Tuerijama
WITH the 2018/19 Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Premiership scheduled to kick off in September, 2018, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is hard at work putting systems in place to promote professionalism in the game.
Responding to questions from Confidente this week on the poor formulation of match reports during the past football season, NPL League administrator Tovey Hoebeb said the NPL has sought audience with the National Referee Committee (NRC) to address the issue.
“Yes we did sit around the table and have reached a common solution which in our view will be best as most of the elite referees have laptops hence they are, from this football season onwards, required to submit their reports electronically latest by 12h00 (midday) on a Monday after the weekend matches,” stated Hoebeb.
“We anticipate the new football season to start early September. But, the NPL will have a scheduled ordinary congress on 18 August, and prior to that we are planning to have a stakeholders strategic planning meeting on the 14 July,” he said.
He added that the 2018/19 football season is expected to be more competitive than the previous seasons which will definitely be entertaining and mouth-watering for the fans.
On the annual grants given to the premier clubs, the NPL league administrator said it was a known fact that the grants were meant for 10 months and the NPL activities for the 2018/2019 football season will only commence after the congress.
“The payments will be advanced to the clubs after the congress but for now the club’s management must work hard to raise funds for the operation of their esteemed clubs as teams are expected to kick off with pre-season training,” he said. Asked about a possible increment of the annual grants following complaints from clubs last season, at which each club received a monthly N$65 000 for 10 months, Hoebeb said that only congress can decide on that because it is where the budget is approved.
Concerning the player’s registration by the clubs, the league administrator said that they are awaiting a directive from the Namibia Football Association (NFA), as they are the custodians of player registration.
“But as you might be aware the global registration has started on 2 July which will run until end of August.”
In urging premier league clubs to take pre-season preparations seriously, Hoebeb called on the clubs to sign up supporters who will in turn beef up the club revenue during the season.
“For the new clubs they must not just come to pay visits to the elite league but must come and compete because we do not want scenarios where teams are promoted and only to participate for a season and get relegated thereafter.”
He said that football fans must during the upcoming season show their loyalty towards their teams by rallying behind the teams even to the extent of travelling with the clubs in their away matches.
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