NPL sponsor wants answers

12 February 2019 | Sports

The main sponsor of the 2018/19 Namibian Premier League (NPL) - MTC - has summoned various stakeholders to a meeting on 25 February in order to get to the bottom of all matters causing havoc in the league.

The NPL board of governors (BOG), executive members as well as co-sponsor First National Bank (FNB) Namibia have all been requested to attend the meeting.

Among the issues to be discussed is why the NPL is yet to appoint a CEO and marketing officer.

This is despite an agreement that these two critical positions were supposed to be filled last year. Also on the agenda is why the country's first division streams have not kicked off, while the NPL is in full swing.

“This affects the promotion and relegation playoffs at the end of the league season,” reads a letter signed by MTC executive Tim Ekandjo.

The fiasco which saw Young African being demoted from the league is also a concern for the sponsor, as well as the current status of Young Chiefs and their premiership ambitions, in the wake of Young African's demotion.

The meeting, it is hoped, will also clarify the current status of Zimbabwean national Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa and his presence in the league, as well as how all of this affects the upcoming Standard Bank Top 8 Cup.

Musekiwa forged documents and featured in matches for his then club Young African under an assumed name. Young African were demoted because of his confession.

The player is currently on the books of African Stars and was arrested and released over the weekend at Rundu by immigration officers.

The NPL BOG has been requested to prepare diligently for the proposed meeting, in order to provide sufficient information on all the matters at hand.

MTC and FNB are sponsoring the league to the tune of N$20 million per year for three years, with N$15 million per year from MTC's coffers and N$5 million from FNB.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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