NPL setup under scrutiny

There appears to be chaotic management and confusion at the Namibia Premier League (NPL), especially when it comes to organising matches and the timely release of statistics, among others.

01 March 2018 | Sports

Namibia Premier League (NPL) administrator Joshua 'Tovey' //Hoebeb has confirmed that there are several challenges being experienced with the organising of league matches.

Namibian Sun has learnt that since the league commenced last year, many organisational issues have emerged, including officials struggling to receive and distribute results and match statistics in a timely fashion, because of improper organisation among the match officials and technical staff.

It is also understood that some players have been rotating jersey numbers, which has led to confusion when NPL's administrators collect data.

In other instances coaches have reportedly been verbally abusing referees, without the NPL taking any action.

It is understood that the match officials compiling match reports struggle to interpret information correctly, because of language barriers.

“We have heard about all these issues and the NPL will make sure that things are done properly this time. “I also understand that match commissioners sometimes fail to attend to their duties and this causes confusion at the matches.

“The NPL will now also ask for the match officials to write the reports in their mother tongue. After this, we will find interpreters to translate the reports into English,” Hoebeb said.

The NPL has also appointed chairpersons to head the different branches of its standing committee, after recommendations from its Board of Governors.

Lucas Nanyemba will be responsible for the finance committee, while Niklaas Kisipile heads the audit and compliance committee.

Paulus Ngolombe has been appointed as head of the organisation committee for NPL competitions, while Cyril Isaacs heads the technical and development committee.

The legal department is headed up by Franco Cosmos, who will spearhead the legal committee, while Evaristus Evaristus will oversee the medical committee.

Ricardo /Uirab have accepted the responsibility to lead the youth football committee.

The members will be responsible to insure that all clubs comply with the rules and regulations of club licensing, going into the 2018/19 season.

This means that clubs are required to have youth football systems and many other administration procedures in place, in order to acquire a club licence before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Tiger's case thrown out

NPL prosecutor Slysken Makando, who was dealing with the case between Tigers and the league, has dismissed the matter after citing a lack of legal grounds.

This is after the NPL charged Tigers for not showing up for their first two matches of the season against Unam FC and Citizens.

//Hoebeb confirmed that the disciplinary committee has referred the case back to the NPL executive committee.

Six candidates still in CEO hunt

The NPL also announced that out of the 10 applicants who were shortlisted for its CEO post last week, only six now remain.

Interviews of the remaining candidates have also been conducted and the interview panel will now make recommendations to the NPL executive committee about who has emerged as the most suitable candidate.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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