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Doeseb stands his ground

WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) will host an extra-ordinary general assembly on 25 February to discuss the position of Chairperson, Johnny Doeseb and the rest of the management committee (MC).
Eight NPL clubs earlier this month asked for a meeting with the mother body to discuss the fate of MC members.
The clubs are African Stars, Black Africa, Blue Waters, Chief Santos, Rundu Chiefs, Tigers, Orlando Pirates and Citizens.
They asked that the MC resign with immediate effect and that a new interim committee be selected.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Doeseb said the clubs’ request is “undemocratic and un-procedural, and most members are ill-advised”.
He said the clubs’ request is within their constitutional provision but in football, things need to be done the right way.
“You cannot just throw people out because you have your own personal agenda, which does not have football’s best interest at heart,” he said.
Seven months have passed since any action in the elite league because of a lack of sponsorship for the 2016/17 NPL season after the main sponsor, mobile giant MTC, withdrew at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Doeseb said he will not allow any un-procedural act to happen at a procedural meeting.
He said the clubs have asked for the MC to resign without providing reasons.
“I am here for football and not to fulfil personal vendettas of those who are not happy because they don’t like me or the next person.”
Doeseb said he was voted in as chairperson eight years ago and their next elective congress will be held at the end of the 2017 football season. Therefore, he can only be removed from office during an extra-ordinary elective congress, which can only be held next year.
“All these in-fights are not good for football; it’s really becoming tribal and is not good for the game,” he said.

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