A Namibia Premier League (NPL) Board of Governors (BoG) meeting, held in the capital this week with the aim of ironing out pending issues and mapping the way forward for the league, ended in total anarchy after some clubs representatives stormed out halfway through the meeting.
With local football already webbed in a bevy of boardroom politics and a battle of egos, many had hoped the meeting would give birth to lasting solutions to problems faced by local football and equally provide a clear guidebook on how to move Namibia’s topflight football league out of the current dormant mode and hopefully kick start activities.
But to the contrary, the highly important BoG meeting turned into a circus, with delegates failing to reach consensus while some even had to be restrained as arguments reached boiling point. According to sources, who were also present at the gathering, delegates from Black Africa, Tigers, African Stars, Unam, Blue Waters, Young Chiefs, Chief Santos and Eleven Arrows all stormed out of the muddled gathering.
The biggest bone of contention which brought about the disruption was the legality of the NFA’s decision to replace the NPL’s interim management committee with an ad hoc committee, which the NFA commissioned on 28 April and will be spearheaded by its executive member Roger Kambatuku.
Kambatuku the will oversee all administrative and management responsibilities of the NPL and make sure that everything possible is done for the league to start on the 12 May 2017 as already communicated to the clubs. He will also enforce the NPL’s normalization process which will culminate in the election of a substantive Executive Committee for the NPL in the shortest period possible.
With the NFA installing an ad hoc committee, the aggrieved clubs feel that the NFA acted outside its legal gibbet and that automatically translates in a direct interference in the internal affairs of the NPL, which sees itself as an autonomous body.
As it stands, especially considering the ever growing hostile atmosphere amongst the clubs, the planned kick off date of May 12 appears to be a far-fetched dream at the moment.still drag on.