EVERYONE can vividly recall the promise made by former Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairperson Johnny Doeseb to turn the MTC Premiership professional.
JJD pledged then to provide the elite league clubs with laptops, after they had established offices from which to operate. However, that promise never materialised and Doeseb was never asked to account for this failure following his exit from the NPL’s top job.
It is an urgent clarion call for the current premier league leadership to come up with mechanisms during the forthcoming extra Annual General Meeting (AGM) to encourage clubs competing in the elite league to turn professional. The NPL must implement urgent policies and measures that will take our domestic football league to the desired level – that of a professional set-up.
The premier league clubs must also come to the table because they have so far failed to bring the corporate sector on board.
With some clubs reportedly owing player’s salaries as per their respective contracts, one wonders why these clubs are allowed to compete in the 2018/19 football season.
The standard of our league is so appalling that it does not even attract players from other southern African countries, like Swaziland, Lesotho or Malawi, who are not football heavyweights in the region. Namibian football will only attract foreign players if the country has a proper professional set up that will help develop the standard of our football.
It is also shocking and plain upsetting that instead of clubs concentrating on the pre-season training, club owners and coaches are at each other throats washing their dirty laundry in public through the media. Is it really necessary for clubs management to get embroiled in these kinds of shenanigans when they had time to sort their differences weeks after the conclusion of the 2017/18 season?
It is unprofessional for a coach to read about his sacking through the media, as is happening to some coaches at the moment. A sponsor like MTC should not associate itself with such unprofessional conduct and such practices like failure to players’ salaries should not be condoned.
The NPL leadership must also do a lot in terms of improving the general standard of our football by having competent referees who can confidently submit proper match reports. The league must provide fourth officials who are competent to implement the rules and laws of the games and not allow players wearing different socks and exchanging playing gears during substitutions.
Clubs must be made to have their designated stadia where their home games should be played. Clubs like Blue Waters or Eleven Arrows can get into mutual agreements with local municipalities to utilise their towns’ stadiums for their home games. If Civics FC can have the Khomasdal Stadium as the venue for their home games, I am confident that folks from that neighbourhood will not hesitate to rally behind Civics FC.
Let Namibian football attract foreign players and clubs must look at luring the private sector on board. Why is a team like African Stars FC and Orlando Pirates FC failing to get sponsors despite having a huge support base?
I rest my case!
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