13 Jul 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - Officials representing clubs in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) have decided to put their governance structures in order before any league action will take place.
This was decided at a NPL Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, where 14 of the 16 NPL clubs decided to prioritise the drafting, review and adoption of a new constitution and only thereafter consider starting to play football. Only Tigers and Young Chiefs football clubs were not represented at the meeting.
Sources told Nampa that unlike previous NPL meetings which ended in chaos due to divisions between the various clubs, the meeting on Wednesday evening took place in a cordial spirit, with all clubs present agreeing to commit to working towards a new governance model.
The current constitution of the NPL was adopted in July 2003 but it is now considered to be out of tune with the speed and direction that football is taking locally and globally.
NPL Administrator, Joshua Tovey Hoebeb confirmed that the meeting agreed on a roadmap for the constitutional review which should be ready for adoption by the middle of August this year.
Namibia has not seen any NPL football for over a year, following sponsorship and governance challenges. At the end of the 2015/16 season, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) decided not to enter into a new sponsorship agreement with the NPL.
The lull in football caused former NPL Chairperson, Johnny Doëseb to resign under pressure. In his place, the NPL appointed an interim committee under the leadership of Blue Waters official, Franco Cosmos.
The interim committee appeared to have convinced MTC to return to football as sponsor but just as fans were bracing themselves for the new season, the NFA announced that the interim committee would be replaced by an ad-hoc committee, chaired by NFA executive member, Roger Kambatuku.
As a result of disagreements on the validity and legality of both the interim committee and the ad-hoc committee, the kick-off of the league was delayed indefinitely.
After various consultations on the best way forward, the NFA directed NPL clubs in a letter dated 04 July 2017 to convene a Board of Governors meeting not later than 15 July 2017 to discuss the new NPL constitution.
The NFA further directed that an extra-ordinary general meeting should be held before 19 August 2017 to adopt the new constitution and to have another extra-ordinary general meeting before 09 September 2017 at which occasion the NPL should elect a substantive leadership in line with the newly adopted constitution.
Officials have also confirmed that the process of engaging sponsors and starting the league will only commence after the constitution has been adopted and a new leadership has been elected.