Doeseb to step down as NPL chairperson in July

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairperson Johnny Johnson Doeseb will step down from that post when his term runs out in July this year.

He confirmed this in a media statement issued by himself on Thursday.

Doeseb has been at the helm of the NPL since 2008, and said his reasons for stepping down include the lack of professionalism at club level ‘to do the basics right’; a lack of serious commitment from teams in terms of building a strong football brand; and the clear lack of development structures in Namibian football.

He also lashed out at local football clubs for their weak efforts to attract spectators.

“Almost all the teams sit back, and all they do is wait for MTC’s monthly grants, and they do absolutely nothing to generate their own revenue.

When their monthly grants are a few days late, they complain instead of doing something to sustain themselves,” he stressed.

Doeseb argued that Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) invests a lot in Namibian football, but all which clubs give back are empty stadiums week in and week out, which is not fair.

He, however, applauded main sponsor MTC for what it is doing for sports in Namibia, and also thanked individuals within the football structures who have shared the same vision and drive with him.

He thus urges them to “continue fighting the good fight”.

Doeseb has been at the forefront of negotiating a mega-deal with MTC, which saw the telecommunications’ company invest over N.dollars 40 million in football for the next three years (2014-2016).