NPL to Get Own Constitution

The Namibia Premier League is working on its own “set of rules and regulations” to guide its operations from next season, according to the body’s chairman Johnny Johnson Doeumlseb.

This is a crucial part of a systematic administrative overhaul strategy to improve the running of the organisation, he said.

At the moment, the NPL relies on the Namibia Football Association statutes as reference, a situation that was exposed as a debilitating shortcoming during African Stars’ spectacular fallout with the football authorities last year.

The new NPL season will start in August and not September as is the norm.

“Before the league kick-off, we’ve set aside the weekend of 13 June to take stock of what we have been doing,” Doeumlseb said during the MTC NPL Awards on Saturday.

The move toward having a guiding document has been made to avoid a repeat of the unsavoury and protracted dispute like that of last year, when Stars sought refuge in the High Court, leading to fears of possible hefty sanctions by Fifa against Namibia.

The NPL have approached the South African Premier Soccer League for assistance in drafting the envisaged rule book.

“We will redress our constitution. We are going to have a set of rules and regulations for the Namibia Premier League for the first time in our history. We are doing a total overhaul of our affairs because corporate governance requires us to do that. We need to adopt the best practices that are required in running the game of football,” Doeseb said.

During that infamous dispute, Stars exploited the NPL’s lack of legislation and their loose interpretation of the NFA’s guiding principles regarding an abandoned match.

Stars were disputing the NPL’s decision to replay only the remaining minutes of a league match against Orlando Pirates that was called off due to a power outage.

Pirates led 2-0 at the time and saw out the remaining eight minutes to secure three crucial points when the match was replayed.

Having failed to find an amicable solution, Stars took the NPL and NFA to court, resulting in the NPL suspending the club and then Stars chairman Sidney Martin for two years.

The ban was later lifted, but not after the NPL had suffered the ignominy of lacking the understanding of basic football disciplinary procedures.

Last season, the situation almost threatened to repeat itself when United Stars match against Tura Magic was called off due to heavy rainfall that left the artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium waterlogged.

The NPL subsequently instructed the teams to play the remaining minutes but United Stars did not turn up for the match, leaving Magic, who led 4-1 in the initial encounter, to pick up the points.

Source : The Namibian