NPL CEO designate blasts league for unprofessionalism

16 March 2018 Author  
Namibia Premier League Chief Executive Officer designate, Irvine Ndjavera, has blasted his soon-to-be-paymasters for the unprofessional manner in which they handled his appointment.
Ndjavera told the Windhoek Observer that he was unaware of any offer for him to take up the vacant NPL CEO post, claiming that he was not contacted by the league on the matter and only heard of the news from the media.
“This is news to me. How can they go to the media and make the announcement. This is unprofessional,” Ndjavera said.
NPL Chairman, Patrick Kauta, announced during a weekly media briefing on Tuesday that Ndjavera, who is the chief sports officer in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, has been appointed as the new league CEO, pending an agreement with his current employer.
“The executive committee met last week Thursday, 8 March and resolved lots of issues and one of them was the appointment of a new CEO for the NPL. That person is Irvine Ndajvera, but we are busy negotiating with his employer.
“Ndjavera will be in the position for a period of three years just like our terms in office. He was the only candidate even though there were media speculations naming five or six others that may have been short-listed for the position,” Kauta said.
Ndjavera, however, said he was surprised to hear of his appointment while he has not even agreed to the terms and conditions of the job.
“I don’t even know about the salary and what job performance goals I have to achieve. I am surprised,” he said.
Kauta acknowledged that he had jumped the gun by announcing the news to the media before consulting Ndjavera. He said miscommunication between him and his Vice Chairman, Boni Paulino, led to the faux pas.
“I have just realised that I messed up on that as I thought that my vice chairman had already communicated the matter to Ndjavera. I did apologise to Ndjavera. Paulino is on leave and only coming back next week,” Kauta said.
The NPL has been without a CEO since the sacking of Mathew Haikali in 2011. Ndjavera is a holder of an MBA from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) in Durban, South Africa.
He also serves as a commissioner for finance and marketing on the African Union Sports Council Region Five.
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