WITH the 2012/2013 domestic football season about to start in a month’s time, the Namibia Premier League is again promising more football.
According to the Chairman of the Namibia Premier League, Johnny Doeseb, the league is busy finalising talks with various potential sponsors to organise a cup competition in the new season.
“We are currently busy with the planning and we will share whatever new developments emerge with the public as customary at the launch of the new season,” Doeseb said.
He further explained that it was not easy for the league to always fulfil most of its promises as sometimes negotiations could turn sour.
“We are administrators and we plan things, but if what we envisage falls through we have to move on and accept the situation but that should not deter us from trying again.
“To run football you need planning and money and these things are not easy to come by,” Doeseb replied when asked why the league has not been able to secure a sponsor for another competition besides premiership football.
At the end of last season, there were rumours about clubs being unhappy with the current financial agreements between the league and its sponsor MTC, but according to Chairman Doeseb, the “inflationary aspect of the contract will apply when possible”.
“Such demands or rumours were really misplaced because clubs knows that the league and MTC have signed a contract. The contract will take its course season in season out, but if you demand more you must be able to give more,” an irked Doeseb said.
Another member of the NPL management also confirmed that the league will conclude a deal soon, “it is a work in progress and I don’t what to jeopardise it”.
At the 2011/2012 MTC Premiership Awards, Doeseb expressed gratitude to MTC for their sponsorship of the NPL, which amounted to about N$13 million for the season.
He further appeared optimistic that MTC would increase the amount slightly for the new season given the inflation escalation clause in the contract.
The Namibia Football Association has scheduled the start of the new MTC Premiership season for 12 September 2012.