Bureaucracy stalls NPL CEO’s appointment

03 August 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chief Executive Officer designate, Irvine Ndjavera, is still waiting for authorization from his employer,
the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, before he can take over the reins at Football House. 
Ndjavera was expected to start work on 1 May 2018, but three months later, he is still to start his tenure because of bureaucratic bungling.
The NPL has been without a CEO since the sacking of Mathew Haikali in 2011.
Ndjavera told the Windhoek Observer this week that he is still interested in the job, but that he can only move in if given the go ahead by the ministry, where he is employed as a chief sport officer.
“I am willing to serve the nation….I know that the NPL wrote a letter on 20 June and it is still with the directorate of sport and I have not yet received their response,” Ndjavera said.
Ndjavera, who holds an MA degree in Business Administration from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), has already identified ways to transform the league into a financially sustainable entity unlike now where the clubs heavily rely on MTC’s monthly grants.
“I am the one that drafted the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) section on sport last year. We need to transform sport in general into commercial entities. Clubs need to have a membership base that pays monthly or annual fees,” Ndjavera said.
“In South Africa, the ministry of communication has paid South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) N$10 million for broadcasting sport only, while in Botswana the Botswana league broadcast rights have been sold to Botswana television and we need to do the same.
“The ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Namibia can at least start giving N$2 million annually just for sport to be broadcast on television in order for sport in general to turn professional.”
Ndjavera challenged NPL clubs to stop blaming the league’s secretariat for the current state of football in the country.
“It will not be good for clubs to say that Joshua ‘Tovey’ //Hoëbeb (league chief administrator) and Joanitha  //Gowases (office administrator) are not doing enough to turn the league professional, while the clubs themselves are not doing enough. We want clubs to have an office, computer and human resources,” he said. 
The Director of Sport, Sivhute Katamba, said he is on leave and referred the Windhoek Observer to his deputy, Bernhard Kaanjuka, who did not want to comment on Ndjavera’s secondment. 
“We have a PRO in the ministry who can answer those questions,” Kaanjuka said.
Attempt to get comments from the NPL Chairman, Patrick Kauta, were unsuccessful, despite numerous phone calls and text messages.


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