Haikali jumps before he is pushed again. . . blames ethnicity within football
by Jeremiah Ndjoze
An amicable solution has finally been reached between the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and its embattled Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Haikali who has decided to resign before the axe landed on him. This was confirmed by the league’s Chairperson, Johnny Johnson Doeseb (JJD) yesterday, following Haikali’s press statement on Saturday.
The NPL has finally reversed its decision of Haikali’s dismissal following conciliation by the office of the Labour Commissioner. The league according to Haikali reversed its decision and turned the dismissal against Haikali and has accepted his resignation with a one month notice payment of his salary.
“I am happy with the decision that came out through conciliation from the office of the Labour Commissioner. I knew from the onset that I was a threat because of my competency to certain people from a specific ethnic group, as they had underestimated my capabilities and skills. It is unfortunate that all the hard work that I had put in to bring the league to a professional level has been thrown out of the window, because of individuals who are against progress,” Haikali, a highly rated Fifa regional instructor said yesterday.
The NPL suspended Haikali from his post on April 14 for alleged financial irregularity, gross negligence and breach of his contract—a decision that he challenged.
After three postponements his appeal was eventually heard last month.
According to Haikali, his resignation was borne out of his love for the game of football and his continued wish for the growth of the game in Namibia.
Said Haikali; “For the good of the game, I decided to resign, as football is bigger than all of us, and as an administrator who understands football at a global level, it would be detrimental for our football to keep fighting and bring the game of football a bad name.”
The embattled football administrator expressed his gratitude to the Vice President of NAPWU, Moses Ikanga, for his assistance in the matter which he said demonstrated that union leaders are there to support the masses. He also thanked numerous family members and associates who stood by him and his family during the ‘trying time.’
“It has been a trying time for my whole family, both immediate and in-laws, who have stood by me through this nightmare that I created for myself, please accept my gratitude,” Haikali concluded.