Friday 14 May 2021
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NPL makes U-turn


….. Players to get awards at ‘Executive Media Conference’

In a rather unprecedented twist of events, just 24 hours after calling off the awards, the Namibian Premier League announced that the awards are back on.

This time around there will be no glitzy setting despite the awards having been scheduled to take place at Safari Court, teams and players will be accorded their winning prizes at a press conference to be held at Nice Restaurant.

The league administrators on Wednesday said the awards had to be called off due to a lack of funds.

NPL’s executive chairman Johnny Doeseb refused to explain the U-turn.

A day before the awards, media houses received an invitation to an ‘Executive Media Conference’ which was aimed at drawing their attention to the initial ceremony.

Reasons to the initial cancellation were referenced to financial constraints, a stance that pointed loopholes and poor management within the league administration.

“The MTC/Premiership Awards is not called off; it is a merely resuscitated in a rather unique format to produce the same outcomes,” Doeseb announced.

He added that: “Kindly take note that the MTC/Premiership Awards is primarily staged to honour top performing NPL Clubs, players and football administrators and the NPL, in consultation with its headline sponsor, MTC, holds the prerogative to innovatively re-arrange or amend any NPL event at any given time as it deems fit. The NPL remains committed, in terms of its obligations, to honour best performing clubs and players for the 2015/16 Football Season; and the Management Committee of the league will honour this commitment, without fail, at the Executive Media Conference as indicated below.”

“It is against this breakthrough plan that we invite you cordially to the Executive Media Conference of the MTC Premiership Awards Ceremony,” said Doeseb.

As if NPL did not know costs involved when organizing award ceremonies, Doeseb said the financial implications of “is too much”.

The Patriot understands that the awards on life support will be resuscitated and the ‘executive media conference’ will take over the program of the initial financially deprived awards. The ‘conference’ will see league winners Tigers officially receive their price money of N$1 million. Black Africa will get N$600 000 as second runner-ups. Tura Magic in third place gets N$300 000 and N$100 000 for African Stars in fourth place.

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