NPL needs more money to become professional

By Kaipaherue Kandjii

Windhoek – The Namibian Premier League (NPL), which kicked off this past weekend will receive a sponsorship of N$14,5 million for the 2015/16 soccer season from Mobile Telecommunications Namibia (MTC).

However this is N$32.5 million short of the total money needed in the national football league to reach full potential, says NPL chairman Johnny Johnson Doeseb, who called on the corporate sector, government and foreign entities for financial injection to boost the professional status of the league.

Doeseb who was speaking during the launch of the NPL in Windhoek recently, lauded MTC for their unwavering support of local football.

But he said they needed multiple sponsorship and a firm assurance from government in supporting football related affairs.

“We want to be a professional league and we need N$47 million for that dream to be a reality. We are looking at multiple sponsorship in the football fraternity. We need a firm stance from government because we cannot just hear about money going to individuals and foreigners,” said Doeseb.

Doeseb further re-iterated that “football starts with development” and that in order for local football to grow, there is an urgent need to revamp the development structures, upgrade facilities in the regions, and take football to greater heights”.

“Regional based teams must be supported by people from the communities they represent. The teams bring development and contribute socially to these towns, so business people and the respective communities, must support them,” he asserted.

Responding to questions posed by the media, he added that the NPL will cancel the double header matches over the weekends, saying as per analysis done by the league, the cost factors included such as transport, accommodation and limited resources where paramount to these changes.

“According to our analysis, if a team travels they spend at least N$30 000. We therefore reached a compromise and these are some of the areas that we need additional resources. But we will have a game per weekend,” he said.

The NPL chairman assured the corporate sector, that every cent they invested in local football will be accounted for, in value proposition and guaranteed that they will have value for the money they entrusted at their disposal.

“The N$40 million investments from MTC up-to the last cent will be accounted for and well spent. We will submit our financial reports, the same time next year, because the three year sponsorship will come to an end. But this marriage will not end,” a boisterous Doeseb said.

In other developments, the MTC Namibia Premier League will showcase two games live on national broadcaster, NBC per month and future partnership with world-renowned sports broadcaster Supersport will be reality soonest, according to Doeseb.

MTC’s chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo commended the NPL Leadership for spending their hard earned money well, saying MTC sponsors various sporting codes but football is their biggest investment.

“MTC has been with NPL for the 12th year running now. Our main aim is to see all our clubs prosper in all aspects, including financially. The premiership is tough and we hope you will not just come and leave after one season,”  he said.

The Namibia Premier League, which is an affiliate of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) was founded in 1990 and consists of 12 football clubs. There are also two national first division leagues – the Northern and Southern Stream First Divisions.

The northern division consists of 13 clubs from Zambezi, Kavango, Oshana, Omusati, Kunene, Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions. The winner of the league at the end of the season is promoted to NPL.

The southern stream comprises 12 clubs from the Khomas, Omaheke, Erongo, Hardap and Karas Regions and the winner of the league is promoted to the top flight football, while the last two relegated to the regional second divisions.

Featured Image:Johnny Johnson Doeseb

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