MTC’s Chief Human Capital Tim Ekandjo has expressed that despite the multi- telecommunication company as the official sponsor of the Namibian Premier League pumping in N$53.4 million this season, the level of professionalism in Namibian football has yet to be reached.
Ekandjo expressed his dismay, stating that as a sponsor pumping money into the league, there is a need to produce a level of professionalism from the league’s point of view.
He was speaking at the official launch of the MTC NPL 2018/19 season in Windhoek this week.
“We (MTC) have continued with our investment despite that, in terms of statues, the league has not grown,” he said.
He added that, “the league with the sponsorship in place should start to produce a level of professionalism”.
NPL Chairman Patrick Kauta who was also present at the launch brushed aside queries regarding the status quo of Young Africa FC team who, according to a circulated post from the league prosecutor Kadhila Amoomo, should be suspended pending disciplinary proceedings against the team and Tapiwa Musekwa on basis on charges of fraud and violation of the NPL constitution.
“This is not a matter to answer such queer issues as this is only about the league launch and not Young Africa issues. The appropriate time will come to answer all that. At the right time, the league will pronounce itself,” he said.
The league, which is set to kick off on the 9 November will have 16 clubs taking part with three newly-promoted teams joining the league.
He added that, the NPL has decided to change the fixtures saying that there will only be one game per weekend played and clubs have been given the leeway to choose where to play their home games as a way of taking the game to the people.