BA continues to say no

23 September 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



Despite the Namibia Football Association (NFA) sending out a list of registered clubs for the envisioned top-tier league, the elephant in the room still hasn't been addressed.

The NFA closed the membership invitation on 18 September for local clubs to join its top-tier league.

Ten clubs - Black Africa (BA), Blue Waters, Citizens, Civics, Julinho, Mighty Gunners, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Young Brazilian and Young African - are believed to have put down their signatures to take part in the envisioned league.



We refuse

However, despite their name appearing on the list, the interim committee of BA refuses to be affiliated with the league. One member said they didn't register the club even though an invitation was extended. “From here onwards we don't know what will happen,” said the source.



Deciding factor

The acting secretary-general of the NFA, Franco Cosmos, said they had received an application from BA but it was not clear who had submitted it, as the club has two rival factions.

When asked why they don't treat BA's case as pending, Cosmos said that Article 10 of the NFA constitution will remedy that situation. “Thereafter we will see who complied and then take it from there,” he said.



In detail

The article reads that a club's application for admission must be accompanied by the prescribed fee as determined from time to time by the executive committee, including a copy of its legally valid constitution and regulations. There should be a declaration that the club will always comply with the statutes, regulations and decisions of Fifa, Caf, Cosafa and NFA and ensure that these are also respected by its own members, clubs officials and players.

Furthermore, there should be a declaration that the club will comply with the laws of the game in force, a declaration that it will not take matters of interpretation and application of the FIFA, Caf and NFA statutes, regulations, decisions and directive to ordinary courts, unless the FIFA, the Caf or the NFA regulations provide for or stipulate recourse to ordinary courts.

Also, that the club recognises the judicial bodies of the NFA and Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, that is located and registered in the territory of Namibia, that it will play official home matches in the territory of Namibia, and that the legal composition of the application guaranteed that it can make decisions independently, a list of officials, specifying those who are authorised signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties. Also required are a declaration that the club undertakes to organise or participate in friendly matches only with prior consent of NFA, as well as a copy of the minutes of its last congress, annual general meeting or constitutional meeting.

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