New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Doeseb Decision Unleashes NPL Storm

Windhoek — Some angry supporters from clubs campaigning in the country's topflight football league, the Namibia Premier League (NPL), are up in arms - fingering the league's hierarchy over alleged nepotism, while pointing fingers at certain officials, whom they accuse of using football for self-enrichment.

At the centre of the storm is the shoddy manner in which the NPL Chairman Johnny "JJD" Doeseb went about to appoint three members of the executive to serve in the vacant position of NPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on a rotational basis, until a suitable candidate is found.

The clubs argue that such a decision should carry the blessings of the NPL Board of Governors, which they claim has not been obtained with the secretive appointment of the trio.

The league's long-serving chief administrator, Tovey Hoebeb, took over the reins in an acting capacity following the unceremonious departure of Mathew Haikali, but he was mysteriously relieved of his duties to make way for the trio.

Meanwhile, it has since emerged that the chairman of the NPL Management Committee Mabos Vries, and Tim Isaacs and Lukas Nanyemba, are allegedly the chief beneficiaries of the decision that has irked the clubs to the core.

A club official, who asked for his identity to be withheld for fear of reprisals, charged that this was just another well-orchestrated trick to milk the dry coffers of the league. "We only learned through the grapevine about the three members who have been appointed on a three-months rotational basis in return for a hefty monthly allowance of N$10 000 per month.

"What boggles the mind is the fact that these guys are enjoying fulltime employment elsewhere, so how can they do two jobs at the same time?" asked the furious official.

Another club official said there is absolutely no need for the CEO position within the structures of the NPL. He suggested that it would in fact be good if the position was scrapped altogether, with the functions to be entrusted in the hands of a competent league administrator.

"Clubs receive a meagre N$50 000 per month to look after 30 people, including transport, meals and accommodation, while individuals are allowed to collect an inflated allowance of N$10 000 - that's ludicrous!" charged another disgruntled club official.

In response, Doeseb said all 12 clubs that constitute the Board of Governors were advised at a meeting in August this year of the decision to attach Vries to the NPL office.

"The attachment of Vries to the NPL office was necessitated by the fact that there has been a leadership vacuum within the office, following the departure of Haikali.

"Considering the manner in which Mr Haikali vacated office, coupled with the fact that the sponsorship agreement between MTC and NPL is nearing its expiration next year, the Management Committee deemed it appropriate to defer its plans to appoint a new CEO.

"We at the Management Committee level are not aware of 'the three gentlemen', and the fact is Vries was attached to the office for three months until 31 October 2012, while Isaacs has been attached since 01 November 2012 until 31 December 2012.

"Meanwhile, Vries has already submitted his activity report to the Management Committee and Isaacs will do the same, come the end of his attachment," explained Doeseb.

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