IN recent times the football-loving public have criticised the Namibia Premier League (NPL) leadership for implementing the double-header rule, but common sense has finally prevailed and dictated to them to revisit their decision. And now that we know when the 2018/19 football season will kick off, premier league outfits can at last begin to prepare for the league. Unlike what happened during the beginning of the 2017/2018 season when a certain club failed to honour their opening league fixture, I sincerely hope that such delaying tactics will be something of the past. With the league stretching as far as // Karas region to the south and Zambezi region to the north, a one-header fixture is the best option, since clubs would struggle to otherwise financially sustain themselves. I have in the past questioned why premier league clubs are failing to secure individual sponsors that are not in direct competition with the league main sponsor, MTC. Clubs are also failing to lure supporters to the stadium. The only team that has a huge following is evidently African Stars, and although nothing is being seriously done by ‘Okaserandu’ (as African Stars are popularly known) the love shown by their supporters seems to be natural and unending. So, the huge question is: why then are teams struggling? Maybe it’s time that club officials start questioning themselves and acquire a new business-oriented mind-set. Are we going to see empty stadiums like we have witnessed in the past, or are we going to see another game changer that will bring throngs of supporters? Another interesting decision taken by the NPL is the re-introduction of the ‘Top 8’ competition. Come 15 November we will likely know the potential sponsors on board. We have had competitions like the Top 4 but it appears to have died a natural death through unexplainable reasons. Yet I am glad the NPL leadership finally came to their senses. It shows that they have been working, however one other concern for sport reporters is the sluggish response of NPL administrators when questions are sent to them. One case in point is the reluctance of the NPL chairman to answer questions sent to him. Mind you, I emailed questions back in May when the 2017/18 football season concluded, but to date I have received no response – and those were questions related to the concluded league and possible changes that needed to be introduced. On a different note, let me congratulate the NPL on another matter, which is the Board of Governors’ endorsement of legal practitioner Kadhila Amoomo as the league’s prosecutor. Such positive developments are what football fans need. As for the establishment of various committees, something that has been long overdue, it shows that indeed we want to take our Premier League to another level – but that will only happen once we show some professionalism in our conduct.
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