Ekandjo urges football leaders to find speedy resolution to differences

Mobile Telecommunication Limited (MTC) Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo has called on football leaders to set aside their differences and facilitate the return of the Namibia Premier League as soon as possible.

Speaking at the launch of the sixth edition of the Hage Geingob Cup in Windhoek on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 Ekandjo said the leaders must put aside their difference in the best interest of the game, the players and the national team.

MTC loves football. MTC will never pull out from sponsoring football in Namibia. We are very passionate about football, we will not run away from football. We know that there are a lot of troubles at the moment, but we will stick through that pain because we love the game of football, he said.

He further called on the leaders in football to compromise and make sure that the MTC sponsored NPL kicks off as soon as possible.

His views were also echoed by President Hage Geingob in a speech read on his behalf by Daisry Mathias, the youth matters and enterprise development advisor in the office of the president, who said the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Committee was on track with its mandate to normalise football in the country.

They do not have an easy task to accomplish, but they are making strides to strengthen the processes, systems and institutions that are responsible for running football in the country, the president's statement said.

He added that the object should remain as effective governance so that the country improves the quality of public service delivery.

This will result in improved levels of trust from public office bearers, and this will only show until the talent is translated into sustainable livelihoods that create decent work and uphold the dignity of life for many young Namibians.

These comments came at the background of the standoff between members of the NC and the NPL over the start of the 2019/20 season.

The NFA's first and second division clubs did not play the 2018/19 season due to lack of funds, meaning none of these teams is eligible for the promotion.

However, the NC has directed the NPL to re-admit the two clubs relegated at the end of the 2018/19 season, Orlando Pirates and Civics.

The NPL has refused to heed the directive saying the NFA should find other ways of providing them with teams to promote.

Source: Namibia Press Agency