21 Dec 2017 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has established an independent Disciplinary Committee (DC) that will deal with any disciplinary matters affecting the league.
Speaking to the Media recently in Windhoek recently, Patrick Kauta, the chairperson of the NPL, said that Vivienne Katjiuongua, Legal Advisor & Company Secretary at Business and Intellectual Property Authority of Namibia was approved by the league congress as the chairperson of the DC.
Katjiuongua will be assisted by Mesesekameneko Tjituri and Matti Mwandingi, who are both lawyers as well.
They will listen to and deal with all DC cases within the league. They have already hit the ground running as they have already postponed the Tigers Football Club matter, which was sat down for hearing last week Wednesday to 15 January 2018 at Tigers request, he said.
Kauta added that on a round robin basis, the league has appointed Slysken Makando as its prosecutor.
At the same event, the chairperson called on first division teams to start training early January as the league was at an advance stage in negotiating a sponsorship deal for them.
The sponsorship negotiations are progressing well and we hope that the first division teams will be ready to start playing by the end of January. We do not want to be accused of withholding information, he said.
He added that they will write to the teams advising them on these developments.
On the issue of appointing a Chief Executive Officer, Kauta said they have done the shortlisting of candidates with the help of their main sponsor Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC).
With regards to other positions within the league, we agreed that we must first employ the CEO, who will then put in policies of what needs to be done and who needs to be employed, he explained.
Kauta told the media that when they took over the league, they inherited debts which they did not know.
These debts included outstanding salaries of staff, even though they had not included it in the current budget.
Other matters which Kauta addressed included the thorny issue of the relationship between the league and the Namibia Football Players Union, whom he said they were in contact with regards to finalising their working relationship.
He also expressed the leagues dismay over the failure by some clubs to pay their players despite having received their grants from the NPL.