The Constitution review workshop was led by Former DFB CEO Dr. Robert Newmann and FIFA Development Officer, Mr. Ashford Mamelodi, with contribution from the NFA being spearheaded by the NFA Secretary General, Mr. Barry Rukoro.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, NFA Secretary General said, “this meeting is very important for the NFA as the NPL follows in the footstep set by the NFA in reviewing the league constitution to ensure that it is in line with the NFA/FIFA recommendations. We are also very happy that FIFA recognises the importance of the NPL and has sent expertise to assist with the review process.”
NPL Chairperson Mr. Johnson Doeseb thanked the NFA President for availing resource to the NPL from FIFA and called that this would cement the foundation of the NPL, following the weekend meeting where the initial draft was discussed.
The two day meeting saw a review of the constitution that was discussed by the NPL members, during a one day workshop held at Football House and attended by NPL Management committee and club representatives.
The revised NPL constitution saw additions to the 2003 constitution to reflect the current scenario of the NPL. These included additional component that addressed the issue of club licensing as well as media rights as well as obligations for the clubs.
Amongst others, the issue of the First Divisions was also raised at the meeting with the FIFA delegation, and the meeting resolved that with the coming in place of the club licensing regulation for the elite clubs, there is a need to define how the NPL and the first Division operates.
Other issues were the recommendation that would be inline with the NFA Statutes; the highest body of the league change from being an Annual General Meeting but to a Congress, while also recognising the NFA Electoral Commission for all election related matters for the league and its members.