Sourcing sponsorship for NPL is collective: Doeseb

19 Feb 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chairperson, Johnny Doeseb says it is not the league chairperson’s responsibility to exclusively source funding.
Doeseb’s comments come after it surfaced on Thursday that the NPL will host an extra-ordinary general assembly on 25 February to discuss the chairperson’s position those of the management committee.
“It was never my responsibility alone to source funding but a collective decision from all members to help each other source funding and I am just a driver of that vehicle,” Doeseb told Nampa on Thursday.
Eight NPL clubs earlier this month asked for a meeting with the mother body to discuss the fate of management committee members.
The clubs are African Stars, Black Africa, Blue Waters, Chief Santos, Rundu Chiefs, Tigers, Orlando Pirates and Citizens.
They asked that the management committee resign with immediate effect and that a new interim committee be selected.
Doeseb said if the league is to secure sponsorship, its members should stand firm to the course they have taken, despite their individual differences.
“At the moment, we have different cliques in football and tribalism has become the main agenda in this course, but I do not belong to any clique. I only have football’s best interest at heart.”
Seven months have passed since any action in the elite league happened because of a lack of sponsorship for the 2016/17 NPL season after the main sponsor, mobile giant MTC, withdrew at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Doeseb said if the league fails to get a sponsor the football family should take the blame because in-fights might have scared potential investors away.
He said he is here for football and not to fulfil personal vendettas of those who are not happy because they don’t like him.
“If a sponsor comes through and says, Johnny we have the money and we want you to step down, then I will do that.”
Doeseb said football lovers will have to take the blame for allowing their differences to get the best of them and not realising that many people will suffer when there is no football.
“A lot of people benefit from the league when it plays and that is why we need to work as one to solve all our differences and look for a way to find sponsorship as football people.”